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Battery-operated buses for city’s V5 roads
Chandigarh, November 21
After Ahmedabad and Agra, the City Beautiful has decided to opt for battery-operated buses. To promote the use of renewable energy, the Chandigarh administration has decided run buses on inner sector roads (V5 roads) and those connecting to villages.

PU dons serving after 62 to be paid wages soon
Chandigarh, November 21
The salary of Panjab University Professors, who were allowed to continue in service after attaining the age of 62, will be released soon. Appearing before the Punjab and Haryana High Court, university counsel Anupam Gupta made a statement to his effect in response to an application filed by 10 professors of various departments.

MCI: Act against medical supdt of INSCOL
Chandigarh, November 21
The Medical Council of India (MCI) has recommended legal action against a medical practitioner and Dr Jayant Banerji, medical superintendent of INSCOL, a Sector 34-based private hospital, in an alleged negligence case. The MCI has asked the SSP to let the council know about the outcome of the case. A complaint in the matter has been lodged by a local lawyer.

Kaif ‘thrashes’ scribes
Chandigarh, November 21
Cricketer Mohammad Kaif, skipper of the Uttar Pradesh team, today allegedly thrashed Dainik Bhaskar photographer Ravi Kumar and the paper’s sports reporter Umesh this evening.

Commissioner protests, but Budget okayed for mayors’ meet
Chandigarh, November 21
The finance and contract committee meeting today cleared the budget estimate ( Rs 15 lakh) for the controversial mayors’ conference scheduled for December at a meeting held today.




EARLIER STORIES

COMMUNITY

VC’s directive cold-shouldered?
Chandigarh, November 21
PU vice-chancellor Prof R.C. Sobti’s directives seem to carry little weight with the clerical staff. The staff has shown a casual approach towards instructions by him that all pending files be placed before him for early clearance.

When words become images
Profiling Nehru through his metaphors
Chandigarh, November 21
Effective art is one that sustains the inquisition of truth. Rakesh Gupta’s visual portraits of dark social realities do just that.



Violence is the text of writer-painter Rakesh Gupta’s artworks on display at the Government Museum Gallery, Sector 10, Chandigarh. — Tribune photo by Vinay Malik
Violence is the text of writer-painter Rakesh Gupta’s artworks on display at the Government Museum Gallery, Sector 10, Chandigarh.


Standardising Hindi teaching in USA
Ex-PU prof heads ambitious project
Chandigarh, November 21
At a time when Hindi is struggling for identity at home, the USA is all set to standardise the teaching of India’s national language in its academic institutions. The purpose is to streamline the instruction of this important South Asian language, which has seen a surge in the numbers of learners in the recent past. Heading the project is Susham Bedi, a Punjab-born professor and founder head of the department of Hindi at Columbia University, now heading the US committee for standardising Hindi.

                                                                                                  Susham Bedi

Susham Bedi

 
A girl tries her hand at the rickshaw, during preparations for the forthcoming Chandigarh Carnival-2007, on Wednesday.
SOFT-PEDALLING? NO WAY: A girl tries her hand at the rickshaw, during preparations for the forthcoming Chandigarh Carnival-2007, on Wednesday. — Tribune photo by Vinay Malik

IAF to airlift relief material to B’desh
Chandigarh, November 21
The IAF has planned to undertake three sorties by IL-76 strategic aircraft to airlift emergency relief material for cyclone-affected victims of Bangladesh. The first aircraft from 44 Squadron is scheduled to leave for Dhaka from New Delhi tomorrow.

Spreading harmony through verses
Chandigarh, November 21
It was a different sort of gathering - rooted and inspired. The occasion was informal interaction with Ramesh Kumar, acclaimed Punjabi writer and poet from Yamunanagar, and the moods were solemn, thanks to Kumar’s touching poetry.

Out-of-school kids display talent
Chandigarh, November 21
Saraswati of Nehru Colony, Sector 52, bagged the first place in the face-painting competition (10-14 years) while Pinki of Colony No. 5 emerged winner in the mehndi competition (6-10 years) during the activities organised for out-of-school children by the education department at Government Senior Secondary School, Sector 23, here today.

Candle March
Students want Bishnoi’s security back
Students hold candles in protest against the withdrawal of Bhiwani MP Kuldeep Bishnoi’s security at Panjab University on Wednesday. Chandigarh, November 21
The Kuldeep Bishnoi Fans Club held a march with lit candles in their hands today on the Panjab University campus. It was a symbolic protest against the Haryana Government’s recent decision of withdrawing Bhiwani MP Kuldeep Bishnoi’s security.

Students hold candles in protest against the withdrawal of Bhiwani MP Kuldeep Bishnoi’s security at Panjab University on Wednesday. — A Tribune photograph

A view of the Chandigarh pavilion at the India International Trade Fair in New Delhi.Trade Fair
City pavilion draws visitors
Chandigarh, November 21
Showcasing Rajiv Gandhi Information Technology Park and promoting the city as smoke-free are the highlights of the Chandigarh pavilion at the ongoing India International Trade Fair (IITF) 2007 being held at Pragati Maidaan, New Delhi.



A view of the Chandigarh pavilion at the India International Trade Fair in New Delhi.

OPDs to remain closed on Nov 24
Chandigarh, November 21
All OPDs at the PGI, GMCH, Sector 32, and GMSH, Sector 16, shall remain closed on November 24, the birth anniversary of Guru Nanak Dev.

Section 144 in northern sectors
Chandigarh, November 21
The Chandigarh Administration, as a measure of emergency, has issued orders to prohibit the assembly of five or more persons taking out processions, making speeches, raising slogans sitting in dharnas, carrying of lathis within the sectors falling north of the Madhya Marg namely and on the Janmarg stretch from the cricket stadium chowk.

Know Your Judges
A mix of law and literary skills
She is the first woman lawyer to be elevated as a high court judge here. Before her, all women judges elevated to the HC Bench belong to superior judicial services. She has the distinction of being the first woman Bar association president and the first woman advocate to be designated senior.

Khula Darbar
Now, pay fine for washing cars on road
D.C. Rajinder Kataria (second from right) listens to public grievances at the Khula Darbar in Panchkula on Wednesday.Panchkula, November 21
Residents washing their cars on roads will be penalised and cases of destruction of public property will be registered against them for causing the damage.



D.C. Rajinder Kataria (second from right) listens to public grievances at the Khula Darbar in Panchkula on Wednesday. — Tribune photo by Parvesh Chauhan

Dist secretariat to have separate parking lots for VIPs, staff, public
Panchkula, November 21
In a bid to streamline parking at the district secretariat, the administration has earmarked parking places for officers, staff and general public.

The chief general manager of the State Bank of India, Chandigarh, inaugurates a function organised by SAMARTH in Chandigarh on Wednesday. Bank donates mini bus to NGO
Chandigarh, November 21
Coming forward to help inmates of the Government Institute of Mentally Retarded Children (GIMRC) to take vocational training at SAMARTH, the State Bank of India, Chandigarh, provided a 22-seater mini bus to the NGO here today.
The chief general manager of the State Bank of India, Chandigarh, inaugurates a function organised by SAMARTH in Chandigarh on Wednesday. — A Tribune photograph

Zirakpur hot place for marriages
Chandigarh, November 21
The fat Punjabi wedding has got rolling in the city and its periphery bringing cheers to the marriage industry stake holders, hotel and resort owners, jewellers, caterers and florists.

Cops ‘acted swiftly’ in Sec 38 accident
Chandigarh, November 21
Reacting to news items about the delay in reaction time of the police in the Sector 38-West accident, in which a 15-year-old Ashish lost his life on November 17, the Chandigarh Police has clarified that the cops reached the spot within three minutes.

 
CRIME

4 recovery agents of ICICI Bank arrested
Chandigarh, November 21
The police today arrested four recovery agents of a private bank on the charges of forcibly taking away an SUV of a Panchkula resident this afternoon.

Two law students arrested for assault
Chandigarh, November 21
The local police today arrested two law students of Panjab University for allegedly assaulting another student of the department on November 15 with swords and baseball sticks.

Motorcyclist snatches bag containing Rs 25,000
Chandigarh, November 21
A motorcyclist snatched a bag containing cash and a video camera here yesterday.

 
EDUCATION

Winners of the inter-school presentation competition with D.V. Bhatia, president, Association of British Scholars, Chandigarh, in Panchkula. Ruchira’s presentation best
Panchkula, November 21
The Chandigarh chapter of the Association of British Scholars (ABS) organised a presentation competition in association with Satluj Public School, Sector 4, here yesterday. D.V. Bhatia, president of the Association of British Scholars, and Krit Serai, principal of Satluj Public School, were the chief guests.

Winners of the inter-school presentation competition with D.V. Bhatia, president, Association of British Scholars, Chandigarh, in Panchkula.

Students’ ‘Sankalp’ to keep Stu C clean
Chandigarh, November 21
A students’ initiative, ‘Sankalp - cleanliness for us by us’, is all set to create awareness among themselves regarding unclean surroundings at Students’ Centre, PU, by encouraging everyone to inculcate the habit of using a dustbin. This will not just keep the centre clean but will also prevent mucking up the plates by stray dogs, squirrels and crows.

From Schools & Colleges
Improve lifestyle to protect environment: Expert
Chandigarh, November 21
‘Haritima’, the environmental society of GGDSD College, Sector 32, organised a talk on environment today at the college. Dr Arundeep Ahluwalia from the geology department of Panjab University was the key speaker, who gave a presentation on environmental issues through a slide show. He encouraged the students to improve their lifestyle so as to protect the environment.

PU Notes
The sociology department of Panjab University organised a weekly seminar on ‘Globalisation and Common Good: New Idols and Guilty Spirit’ by Dr V.T. Sebastian on the PU campus here today.

From Schools
Tiny tots visit gurdwara
Mohali, November 21
Students of Small Wonders School paid a visit to Sacha Dhan Gurdwara at Phase 3B1 on the eve of Guruparab today. Aimed at sensitising the little ones to the sensibilities of Sikhs and Sikhism, the special homage tour to the gurdwara was planned as part of a special exercise to promote co-curricular appreciation of things and events by the school.

COURTS

Immigration Case
Cops didn’t act in bona fide manner: HC
Chandigarh, November 21
Taking up a petition alleging police inaction in an immigration matter, the Punjab and Haryana High Court today held that non-registration of a case by the police suggested that it had not acted in a bona fide manner.

Consumer Court
Pest control company penalised Rs 1 lakh
Chandigarh, November 21
A resident of Sector 15, Panchkula, Pradeep Mehta, had spent Rs 5,000 on controlling termites in his house, but there was no relief. The pest had damaged woodwork in his house.

Three acquitted in theft case
Chandigarh, November 21
The additional district and sessions judge, S.K. Aggarwal, today acquitted three persons accused in a theft case because the prosecution failed to prove its case.

 
HEALTH

2,500 delegates for PGI conference
Chandigarh, November 21
More than 2,500 delegates from India and abroad are expected to participate in the four-day joint annual pulmonary conference (NAPCON) of the Indian Chest Society and the National College of Chest Physicians at the PGI here tomorrow.

 
SPORTS

A judo bout in progress during the CBSE National Judo meet at IS Dev Samaj School, Sector 21 , on Wednesday. Raj Kumar is judo champion
Chandigarh, November 21
Raj Kumar of DAV-8, Chandigarh, clinched first place in the u-17 category (under 45 kg weight category) while Amit Vig of KNPS, Bhopal , got the second place during the CBSE National Judo Tournament held at IS Dev Samaj School, Sector 21, here today. Samiksha of Maharishi Vidyamandir, Hardoi, bagged the first place in the girls’ u-12 (30 kg) category.




A judo bout in progress during the CBSE National Judo meet at IS Dev Samaj School, Sector 21 , on Wednesday. — A Tribune photograph

Kho-Kho Tourney
Shishu Niketan teams register wins
Chandigarh, November 21
The girls’ and boys’ teams of hosts Shishu Niketan Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 22, Chandigarh, defeated Sant Ishar Singh Public School, Sangrur, and Divine Child School, Gujarat, respectively, during the CBSE National Kho-kho Tournament being played on the school premises.

Cricket
DAVSSS-8 enter final
Chandigarh, November 21
DAVSSS-8 beat Shivalik Public School-41 by 37 runs in the first semifinal during the Inter- School Cricket Tournament (u-16 boys). The tournament was held at Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 32 grounds, here today.

Rekha’s ton steers MCM to victory
Chandigarh, November 21
A superb ton by Rekha Gill (108) steered MCM DAV College, Sector 36, to a thumping 188-run victory over DAV College, Sector 10, in the semifinal of Panjab University Inter-College Cricket (women) Tournament at the grounds of MCM-36 here today.

Golfing Tour: 3 share lead
Chandigarh, November 21
Brig H.S. Gill, M.P. Singh and Col R.S. Grewal shared the lead at four-over par 76 on the opening day of the Chandigarh Golfing Tour on the par-72 greens of the Chandigarh Golf Club today.

CEC team PTU champion again
Mohali, November 21
Chandigarh Engineering College , Landran, emerged winner in the PTU’s Inter-College Weightlifting and Powerlifting Championships for the second time on the trot. The team won nine gold, four silver and one bronze medals in the two events. Twelve teams from various colleges took part.



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