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Land-grab:
Charges framed against Cong MLA

Chandigarh, November 27
Ten years after allegations of land-grabbing were levelled against the Congress MLA from Kotkapura, Ripjit Singh Brar, a local court today framed charges against the legislator. Judicial magistrate (first class) Atul Marya framed charges against the MLA under Section 11 of the Public Premises Act. The MLA is accused of illegally occupying SCO 346-347 in Sector 34 here.

Tribune Special
City greens wither; unplanned concrete blooms

Life in future tense

Chandigarh, November 27
What goes up comes down, and Chandigarh shows just how. In July this year, the city was riding the crest of popularity with a CII survey stating that its GDP had doubled in five years, beginning 2001. Less than four months later, the city seems to have fallen from grace, with another survey indicating that people would rather live in Shimla than Chandigarh.

Dhillon, supporters heckle law dept chairman
Complaint filed with police
Chandigarh, Nov 27
The issue of admission to Brinder Dhillon in the department of laws, Panjab University, is getting more muddy. Brinder allegedly barged into the office of the chairman of the department today, along with SOPU leader Harpreet Multani, and threatened him for not issuing him a roll number for the exams.








Tenant Row
Four boys booked for eve teasing

Chandigarh, November 27
Four youths staying as paying guests today allegedly manhandled Sunita Sharma (27), a resident of Sector 8, after a brawl.

COMMUNITY

Expert sceptic about success of N-deal
Chandigarh, November 27
With the Left parties climbing down in their position on the Indo-US nuclear deal, the chances in favour of the deal have increased. However, this does not change the overall odds in favour of the deal, which continue to remain negligible. Notwithstanding the consequences of the nuclear deal, India’s foreign policy towards the United States will continue to remain focussed on a better political and strategic partnership irrespective of government change in India or the US, feels political scientist Achin Vinaik.

Achin Vinaik
Achin Vinaik

Engg feasibility study okayed
Mass rapid transport system
Chandigarh, November 27
Over eight years after the Chandigarh administration conceived the idea of building a mass rapid transport system for the city and adjoining townships of Mohali and Panchkula, the authorities today decided to conduct an engineering feasibility study to find out the most suitable form of transport.
The newly installed flood lights at Tau Devi Lal Stadium, Sector 3, Panchkula, lit on trial basis for the very first time
The newly installed flood lights at Tau Devi Lal Stadium, Sector 3, Panchkula, lit on trial basis for the very first time, on Tuesday. — Tribune photo by Parvesh Chauhan

Registration of Flats
Co-op societies join protest against HUDA

Panchkula, November 27
The recent notification by the Haryana Urban Development Authority (HUDA) asking the members of the cooperative house building societies to get their apartments registered after paying stamp duty threatens to snowball into a major controversy.

Mohali to be top IT destination: Sukhbir
Mohali, November 27
Sukhbir Singh Badal flags off a fleet of Reva patrol cars in Mohali Acting president of the Shiromani Akali Dal Sukhbir Badal today stated that construction of the six-lane express highway from Mohali to Jalandhar would begin in the next six months. He also announced the establishment of a pragati maidan in Mohali to showcase Punjab as a trade and investment destination.

Sukhbir Singh Badal flags off a fleet of Reva patrol cars in Mohali on Tuesday. — Tribune photo by Vicky Gharu

Governor underscores community policing
Chandigarh, November 27
Emphasising on the need to support the community policing system, the UT administrator, Gen S.F. Rodrigues (retd), today exhorted people to play a pro-active role in creating harmony in society.

Bus commuters caught in ticket queues
Chandigarh, November 27
Commuters wishing to travel on the Chandigarh-Moga route by bus have been having a harrowing time for some time owing to long queues at the ticket sale counter at the ISBT, Sector 17.

Special stamp released on 1/4 GR anniversary
Chandigarh, November 27
The GOC-in-chief Western Command, Lt Gen T.K. Sapru, unveils a commemorative stamp on the 159th raising day of 1/4 Gorkha Rifles in Chandimandir A wreath laying ceremony to pay homage to martyrs and release of a special first day cover and commemorative stamp were among the events organised to mark the sesquicentennial celebrations of the First Battalion of the Fourth Gorkha Rifles (1/4 GR) at Chandimandir today.

The GOC-in-chief Western Command, Lt Gen T.K. Sapru, unveils a commemorative stamp on the 159th raising day of 1/4 Gorkha Rifles in Chandimandir on Tuesday. — A Tribune photograph

Where traffic lights are part of road chaos
Chandigarh, November 27
Even as the Chandigarh traffic police has installed trafficlights at the rotary near the Inter-State Bus Terminus, Sector 17, traffic jams continue to test the patience of commuters there. In fact, the installation of trafficlights has only aggravated the problem.

Admn’s flowery dream withers
Chandigarh, November 27
The UT administration’s project to hang potted plants on electricity poles has ended up as an eyesore. All that is left of this project are rusted hangers. Around 350 plants were hung on the poles along Madhya Marg, Jan Marg and Himalaya Marg. However, soon after the April heat, there was confusion over the watering of plants which led to the administration removing the plants.

Land Acquisition
Farmers seek PM’s intervention

Chandigarh, November 27
UT villagers have sought the intervention of Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh to amend the land acquisition policy of the Chandigarh administration.

Ankit Gupta elected to hotel assn panel
Chandigarh, November 27

Chandigarh Tourism Advisory Board member-cum-managing director of Himani chain of hotels Ankit Gupta has been elected to the executive committee of the Hotel and Restaurant Association of Northern India (HRANI). The other elected include Rajinder Kumar — Taj, Sushil Gupta — Hyatt, Shashank Warty — Jaypee, Luv Malhotra — Crowne Plaza, G.Juneja — Khyber and S.Sood — Devicos. 

Ankit Gupta
Ankit Gupta

Letters
Check misleading programmes

 
CRIME

Bag containing Rs 15,000 stolen
Chandigarh, November 27
Harpal Kaur, a resident of Mani Majra, has filed a complaint with the police that her bag containing cash Rs 15,000 and a driver’s license were stolen from her shop today.

Scribe assaulted at wedding
Dera Bassi, November 27
Neil Bhalinder Singh, a correspondent with the Punjabi Tribune, was allegedly assaulted last night during a wedding he had gone to attend.

 
BUSINESS

Facets of communication discussed at CII
Chandigarh, November 27
The Pune-based Symbiosis Institute of Media and Communication organised a youth knowledge event at the CII here yesterday. The focus was on “Communication: The next big thing”.

 
EDUCATION

GCG students vow to fight foeticide
Raji P. Shrivastava leads the way
Students of Government College for Girls, Sector 42, take a pledge to fight foeticide on their campus in Chandigarh Chandigarh, November 27
More than 1,500 students of Government College for Girls, Sector 42, today gathered in the college compound and resolved to uphold the dignity of the girl child and fight against female foeticide. The ‘resolve’ was led by Raji P. Shrivastava, director, higher education, Chandigarh administration.



Students of Government College for Girls, Sector 42, take a pledge to fight foeticide on their campus in Chandigarh on Tuesday. — Tribune photo: Pradeep Tewari

Ryan gets new drivers
Chandigarh, November 27
A day after The Tribune highlighted the way school buses of Ryan International School were being driven by ‘unskilled drivers’ possessing invalid driver’s licence, the school authorities today swung into action and took remedial measures.

Autonomy to Colleges
Panel fails to reach consensus

Chandigarh, November 27
The committee constituted to contemplate on giving autonomy to colleges for conducting the BA first and second-year examinations held its first meeting today. It was recommended that a sub-committee be formed to further discuss the matter.

Tiny tots of Sacred Heart School, Sector 26, perform during a function held on the school presmises in Chandigarh
Tiny tots of Sacred Heart School, Sector 26, perform during a function held on the school presmises in Chandigarh  on Tuesday. — Tribune photo by Manoj Mahajan

PU Notes
Students dwell on philosophical concepts

Chandigarh, November 27
As many as 70 philosophy undergraduates from Dev Samaj College for Women, Ferozepur, today participated in a national seminar-cum-workshop on ‘Philosophy in the Age of Globalisation’ organised jointly by the department of philosophy, Panjab University, and department of philosophy and critique, Ferozepur Chapter, Dev Samaj College for Women, Ferozepur.

5-day trade expo from Dec 1
Chandigarh, November 27
Five-day international trade exposition-ITEX 2007 will be organised by the PHD Chamber of Commerce and Industry in association with the Punjab Government at Parade Ground from December 1-5.

COURTS

Notice to PU
Chandigarh, November 27 
In less than a fortnight after alleged flouting of norms while giving admission to student leader-cum-SOPU office-bearer Brinder Singh Dhillon was brought to the fore in these columns, a petition filed in public interest for quashing his admission to three-year LLB course at Panjab University was taken up by the high court on Tuesday.

Consumer Courts
Jet Airways penalised Rs 54,000

Chandigarh, November 27
The Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum-I has directed Jet Airways to pay Rs 54,000 in compensation to S.C. Gupta and his wife Kusum Gupta for cancelling their tickets without prior notice.

 
SPORTS

ICL teams arrive in city
Rohan Gavaskar (extreme left) along with his Mumbai Champs team members arrives at the Chandigarh airportChandigarh, November 27
The countdown begins for the inaugural Indian Cricket League's (ICL) Twenty20 tournament scheduled to take off from November 30 at Panchkula, with the arrival of all the former international stars studded six teams, which arrived in the city, here, today.

Rohan Gavaskar (extreme left) along with his Mumbai Champs team members arrives at the Chandigarh airport on Tuesday. — Tribune photo by Manoj Mahajan


ADMINISTRATION

Hike in daily, monthly wages
Chandigarh, November 27
The Chandigarh administration has increased the basic daily and monthly wages for daily and monthly employees. The monthly minimum wages for unskilled labour have been enhanced from Rs 3,426.50 to Rs 3,481.50.

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