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Fount of discord
Chandigarh, November 25
Bureaucracy in the Chandigarh administration seems always eager to adopt concepts from other cities, often forgetting that the city has a unique heritage, which is why it has made it to the list of UNESCO’s world heritage cities.

— Photo by Vinay Malik

"The lake should be left untouched as mark of respect to the creators of the water body. Fountains even in other parts of the city are non- functional. These will be an eyesore at the lake


— Photo by Vinay Malik

UT engg wing delaying works, says MC
Chandigarh, November 25
The UT engineering department is reportedly creating hurdles in the completion of projects assigned by the administration to the Chandigarh MC.

Carnival ends on creative note
Chandigarh, November 25
Leisure Valley in Sector 10 woke up to the carnival spirit this morning, as a heavy rush of visitors thronged the venue to add life to the Chandigarh’s annual ritual.
Grand end to Chandigarh Carnival
1. Popular Punjabi singer-cum-actor Harbhajan Mann performs at the Chandigarh Carnival on Sunday. 2. A “bubbly” girl at the carnival.
1. Popular Punjabi singer-cum-actor Harbhajan Mann performs at the Chandigarh Carnival on Sunday.
2. A “bubbly” girl at the carnival. — Tribune photos by Pradeep Tewari







EARLIER STORIES

Mundari Lal plays a folk instrument and (right) an artiste from Braj performs Raslila at the Chandigarh Carnival

Mundari Lal plays a folk instrument and (right) an artiste from Braj performs Raslila at the Chandigarh Carnival on Sunday. — Tribune photos by Pradeep Tewari


A seven-storeyed havan ‘mandap’ made of wood and dry grass erected for world peace yagya, which will start from November 29 at the Sector 34 ground in Chandigarh
A seven-storeyed havan ‘mandap’ made of wood and dry grass erected for world peace yagya, which will start from November 29 at the Sector 34 ground in Chandigarh. — Tribune photo by Parvesh Chauhan

Bus, container collision holds up traffic
Dera Bassi, November 25
At least six persons were injured in a headon collision between a Haryana Roadways bus and a container carrying a truck on the Ghaggar bridge on the Chandigarh-Ambala highway here this evening.

Kangana spell on school principal
Chandigarh, November 25
Teachers of a local school have been forced into following a dress code, all for Bollywood star Kangana Ranaut, who is expected to make an appearance at the school function tomorrow.

COMMUNITY

LIG Housing
Selja promises incentives to pvt players
Chandigarh, November 25
Minister of state for housing and urban poverty alleviation Selja today advocated a public-private partnership in the social housing sector. Addressing a conference on housing organised by the Saakaar Foundation, she claimed that the government would provide some incentives to private players undertaking the construction of EWS and LIG housing projects.
Union minister of state for housing and urban poverty alleviation Selja (first from left) at a conference in Chandigarh
Union minister of state for housing and urban poverty alleviation Selja (first from left) at a conference in Chandigarh on Sunday. — A Tribune photograph

Infant chokes on toffee aboard IA flight
Staff’s quick response saves golfer Kahlon’s son
Chandigarh, November 25
Aval Kahlon, the one-year-old son of famous city golfer Harmeet Kahlon, choked on a toffee as soon as he had boarded the Indian Airlines flight from Chandigarh to Delhi yesterday. Slated for take off at 3.15 pm, the flight was delayed, as airport staff joined hands to avert a crisis they described as “rare”.

Rise in matrimonial disputes
Chandigarh, November 25
It was a dream come true for them. After Rajinder and Kiran (names changed) tied the knot in 2002 after being in a relationship for five years while studying at a medical college, life looked promising. Both were doctors and had a decent accommodation.

Gen: Transition of society has major ramifications
Chandigarh, November 25
Stating that India was passing through a major transition phase, Chief of Integrated Defence Staff Lt-Gen H.S. Lidder said that the society, moving from a socialist economy to a market-driven economy, has major ramifications for the country and it requires a total change in mindset.

‘Persian is the language of Indian culture’
Chandigarh, November 25
Koorosh Safavi is among the few academic experts who do not believe in being politically correct. Soon as you get into a conversation with him about Jalaludin Rumi, Safavi says: “Rumi belongs to the educated people. In Iran where I come from, Rumi is not a subject of common knowledge.                    
Koorosh Safavi
Koorosh Safavi

No need to relocate slums: Expert

Chandigarh, November 25
There is no need to relocate slums from the urban areas. On the other hand, the authorities should upgrade the basic amenities in the slum areas to provide a decent standard of living to the urban poor with slum dwellers as the stake holders. This was stated by Himanshu Parikh, engineer-planner from Ahmedabad who is credited with the rehabilitation of over 10 lakh slum dwellers.
Himanshu Parikh

Himanshu Parikh

‘Use media to create disease awareness’
Chadigarh, November 25
Noted physician, Dr Ajit S Puri,who is presently working as senior consultant in medicine at the Mohan Dai Oswal Cancer Treatment and Research Foundation, Ludhiana, has requested Dr Karan Singh, president of the Indian Council for Cultural Relations, to launch a cultural campaign to create awareness about warning signals and symptoms of diseases like cancer.

Dr Ajit S. Puri (right), senior consultant in medicine, Oswal Cancer Treatment and Research Foundation, Ludhiana, discusses vital points of disease prevention with Dr Karan Singh (left), president, Indian Council for Cultural Relations, in New Delhi
Dr Ajit S. Puri (right), senior consultant in medicine, Oswal Cancer Treatment and Research Foundation, Ludhiana, discusses vital points of disease prevention with Dr Karan Singh (left), president, Indian Council for Cultural Relations, in New Delhi on Saturday.

Bhagat Singh’s nephew seeks UPSC apology
Chandigarh, November 25
Taking umbrage at the reference made to Shaheed Bhagat Singh as a “revolutionary terrorist’ in the civil services examination, a nephew of the freedom fighter has asked that the Union Public Service Commission should apologise.

In Basta
Probe into murder case hits roadblock
Chandigarh, November 25
The police failed to achieve any breakthrough in the murder of an unidentified man whose highly decomposed body was recovered from near a government tubewell at Daria village, near here, on August 26 this year.

Transport secys invited to panel meeting
Chandigarh, November 25
Transport secretaries of Punjab, Haryana and Himachal Pradesh have been invited to participate in a meeting of the special committee to recommend the best possible mass rapid transport system for the region.

BSNL staff find exam tough, walk out
Chandigarh, November 25
A large number of candidates opted not to take the exam conducted by the BSNL scheduled to be held at Shishu Niketan School here today. Over 1,000 aspirants, already in service, came to take the telecom technical assistant examination, but after finding it tough, decided not to appear for the second shift of the exam.

 
CRIME

Employee decamps with cash, articles
Chandigarh, November 25
An employee allegedly decamped with articles from his employer’s shop in Attawa. The police said Jagat Ram of Kajheri village reported to the police that Hira Lal of Uttar Pradesh had allegedly decamped with a courier packet containing Rs 11,000, a bangle set and other articles from his shop on November 16.

Man cremates wife’s body without informing police
Chandigarh, November 25
Mystery shrouds the death of a 22-year-old married woman, Seema, who was found hanging by her husband at their Maloya Colony house here this morning. The police said the victim’s husband cremated the body without informing it.

45-yr-old man found dead in house
Chandigarh, November 25
A 45-year-old man was found dead in his one-room accommodation in Sector 22 here this morning. Ruling out foul play, the police said no visible injury marks were found on the semi-clad body, which was about two days old.

Accused arrested within hours of assault
Chandigarh, November 25
Hours after a youth was robbed and attacked by a miscreant near the choe at Bapu Dham Colony this afternoon, the police succeeded in nabbing the accused. According to SI Maninder Singh, Sikander Thakur, who works in a factory in the Industrial Area, was robbed of Rs 2,000 and other articles after he was hit with stones by a man around 2 pm.

Unauthorised body found
Zirakpur, November 25
The police here recovered an unidentified body hanging from a tree in a park here on Saturday. The victim in his thirties seemed to be a migrant laborer and according to the police the possibility of his having committed suicide could not be ruled out.

 
BUSINESS

CM launches Milkfed’s new products
2 panjiri making plants to supply nutrition to women
Mohali, November 25
Punjab Chief Minister launched Milkfed’s latest products-Verka probiotic dahi, pro-biotic lassi, long shelf life curd and Gulab Jamun during the valedictory here recently. MD Milkfed V.K. Singh said the products launched today would be available for the consumers within fifteen days.

Khadi exhibition begins
Panchkula, November 25
Union minister of state for housing and urban poverty alleviation Selja today inaugurated an exhibition of khadi products at the Huda grounds in sector 5 here. Addressing the function, the minister said khadi was Gandhiji’s tool to make people self-reliant.

Dev Anand’s autobiography ‘registered record sale’
Chandigarh, November 25
“Dev Anand’s autobiography ‘Romancing with Life’ has become an international bestseller and Penguin’s biggest grosser, registering a record sale of 18,500 copies in two months’ time,” claimed Naveen Sharma, an ardent fan of Dev Anand who accompanied him to his Indian and foreign trips for the launch of the book.

 
EDUCATION

From Schools & Colleges
SVIET conducts national-level seminar
Mohali, November 25
The mechanical engineering department of the Swami Vivekanand Institute of Engineering and Technology organised a national seminar on automation, robotics and mechatronics yesterday.
Tiny tots of the DC Model Senior Secondary School, Panchkula, perform during the annual function on Saturday. — A Tribune photograph

Tiny tots of the DC Model Senior Secondary School, Panchkula, perform during the annual function

From Schools & Colleges
Workshop on female foeticide
Chandigarh, November 25
Government College for Girls, Sector 42, will hold a workshop on ‘Fighting Female Foeticide’ tomorrow. The workshop is a part of the Chandigarh administration's multi-pronged drive to understand and address the issue in contemporary Indian society, especially in areas in and around Chandigarh.

Raising Day
NCC cadets run for fun
Chandigarh, November 25
The week-long NCC Raising Day celebrations culminated with a run-for-fun from Sukhna Lake to NCC Group Headquarters, Sector 26, here today. About 500 cadets took part in the run spreading the NCC motto ‘Unity and Discipline’. The event was presided over by minister of state for finance Pawan Kumar Bansal.

 
CULTURE

Dancers from Singapore enchant audience
Chandigarh, November 25
The Pracheen Kala Kendra presented a special programme ‘Kathak Shringaar’, featuring world-renowned Singaore-based kathak danseur and guru Pandit Charan Girdhar Chand, at the Randhawa auditorium of Punjab Kala Bhavan here today. He was ably supported by Chandigarh-bred danseuse Ramni Kashyap and daughter Aditi Kashyap now settled in Singapore.

HEALTH

Liver Diseases
PGI doctors working on albulin substitute
Chandigarh, November 25
Doctors at PGI are working on the substitute for albulin, a blood product required in the treatment of patients suffering from liver diseases like cirrohsis and ascites. A study involving 40 patients showed that midodrine, a drug used earlier to treat renal complications emerging among patients when a large volume of fluid is removed from the abdomen, showed that it can be an alternative to albulin.

Fortis conducts rare surgery
Mohali, November 25
Had Fortis Hospital not intervened in time, a young medico would perhaps not have survived a neck injury. Driving his two-wheeler, Rahul Singla, a final-year medical student at Patiala and son of an ENT specialist, suffered a life threatening slit throat injury when a loose wire got entangled around his neck.

Drug resistance alarming, say TB experts
Chandigarh, November 25
Even as the first antibiotic streptomycin was found effective against tuberculosis half a century ago, the disease remains the largest single infectious cause of death in the world. This was stated by Prof Meera Sharma, head and professor, microbiology, at the annual conference of the Indian Association of Pathologists and Microbiologists at the PGI today.

10-day skin care campaign concludes
1,040 children provided free treatment
Panchkula, November 25
A total of 1,040 children from the tricity of Chandigarh, Panchkula and Mohali and other parts of Punjab, Haryana and Himachal Pradesh were provided free skin consultation and treatment at a special skin care campaign launched by the National Skin Hospital, Mansa Devi Complex. The 10-day skin care campaign concluded here today.

50 donate blood
Chandigarh, November 25
More than 50 members, including 10 women, of the Kerala Samajam, Chandigarh, donated blood at a camp here today. The camp was organised by the samajam in association with the Lions Club, Chandigarh central, at Manav Mangal High School, Sector 21, to overcome the shortage of blood at the Government Medical College and Hospital, Chandigarh.
Donors at a blood donation camp organised by the Kerala Samajam in Chandigarh on Sunday.

Donors at a blood donation camp organised by the Kerala Samajam in Chandigarh

 
SPORTS

Tennis
Aastha, Ankush emerge champions
Chandigarh, November 25
Aastha Thakur and Ankush Parocha of the host Satluj Public School, Panchkula, emerged winners in their respective categories, on the final day of the 7th Satluj Open Tennis Tournament held at school’s courts here today.



A player in action during the 7th Satluj Open Tennis Tournament being held at Sutluj Public School in Panchkula on Sunday. — A Tribune photograph

A player in action during the 7th Satluj Open Tennis Tournament being held at Sutluj Public School in Panchkula

Rohin takes Deep engg to victory
Chandigarh, November 25
With his unbeaten 76-run knock, Rohin Rana guided his team Deep Engineering to register victory over United Steel by 86 runs in the 4th Girish Nayyer Memorial Cricket Tournament being played at Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 32, here today.

ICL races against time to put up cricket show
Chandigarh, November 25
The Tau Devi Lal Sports Complex cricket stadium in Panchkula, a satellite town of Chandigarh located in Haryana, is nothing less than a battlefield these days. There is a frenzy of activity at the cricket stadium of the imposing sports complex, located 15 km from here, named after Haryana's political patriarch and former deputy Prime Minister Devi Lal.

Satmeet shines in Infosys’s win
Chandigarh, November 25
Satmeet’s knock of 68 in 66 balls and Sudhansu’s five-wicket haul helped Infosys to crush ICICI XI by five wickets in the 8th Cry Cadence Corporate Cricket Challenge being played at DAV Senior Secondary School, Sector 8, here today.

Ankush steers Satluj School to win
Panchkula, November 25
An all-round performance by Ankush Dhariwal (45, 2 for 3), enabled the host Satluj Public School, Panchkula, to beat Panther Cricket Academy by 8 wickets in today’s league match of the Vampire Champions Trophy (U-15) Cricket Tournament being played at school’s sector 4 ground here.

Cricket trials
Chandigarh, November 25
The Association for Twenty20 Cricket (India) will conduct selection trials on November 28 at 1.30 pm at St Soldier’s School in Sector 16 in Panchkula. ATC president ID Kamboj, said the selected players will represent the ATC XI in the forthcoming National Under-17 Twenty20 Cricket Tournament to be held at Chennai from December 27.

GCG-11 lift trophy
Chandigarh, November 25
Local team of Government College for Girls, Sector 11, sailed to victory in the Panjab University Inter-College Rowing (women) Championship held at Sukhna Lake here today. The team consisting of Monika, Kalpana, Vrinda, Ishtdeep and Neeraj accumulated 32 points in total in four different events of the championship.


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