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Cold comfort for colony fire victims
Chandigarh, December 2
Yesterday’s fire reduced their homes to ashes and brought their lives to a halt. Residents of Colony No. 5 had to spend Saturday night in the cold with fire from the wood they had gathered as their sole comfort.

An old couple, who lost their house in the Colony No. 5 fire on Saturday, sits out in the cold; and (R) another family spends the night under a makeshift tent in Chandigarh on Sunday. They were among the lucky ones to get a blanket to keep them warm.
An old couple, who lost their house in the Colony No. 5 fire on Saturday, sits out in the cold; and (R) another family spends the night under a makeshift tent in Chandigarh on Sunday. They were among the lucky ones to get a blanket to keep them warm. — Tribune photos byManoj Mahajan

A Tribune Special
Lives being maimed by accidents, lifestyle
Day For The Disabled: 22 m Indians suffer impairment
Chandigarh, December 2
Fifty per cent of people with disabilities in the country suffer from loco motor disability and lifestyle disorders, said Dr Sanjay Wadhwa, head, physical and rehabilitation medicine, PGI on the eve of International Day for the Disabled here today.

MC councillors want elections put off to January 11
Chandigarh, December 2
Cutting across party lines, MC councillors today sent a representation to the Governor, requesting him to intervene and allow the mayor, senior mayor and the deputy mayor to complete one year in office and re-schedule elections from January 1, as notified by the DC, to January 11.



EARLIER STORIES

Sameer Muhammad Big show by Little Champ at ICL carnival
Chandigarh, December 2
It was yet another day of two matches at Tau Devi Lal cricket stadium here, and of entertainment, though not loaded. Present at the stadium for shows was the winner of Zee-TVS Little Champs song competition, Sameer Muhammad.


                                                                    Sameer Muhammad

COMMUNITY

Emergency was biggest blow to democracy: Dua
Salman Haider former foreign secretary Government of India makes a point during a seminar at the Centre for Research in Rural and Industrial Development (CRRID) in Chandigarh on Sunday. Chandigarh, December 2
“People have to be central to democracy. The nine per cent economic growth of the country is blinding us to the reality of the India, which is not shining,” said H.K. Dua, Editor-in-Chief of The Tribune group of newspapers, today.


Salman Haider former foreign secretary Government of India makes a point during a seminar at the Centre for Research in Rural and Industrial Development (CRRID) in Chandigarh on Sunday. — A Tribune photograph

Creating awareness to save Sukhna
Chandigarh, December 2
To create public awareness on the deterioration of Sukhna Lake, a former chief engineer, irrigation, Haryana, has developed a unique method to highlight the issue.

Fighting AIDS
World Bank seeks innovative ideas
Chandigarh, December 2
To step up the fight against the ever increasing incidence of HIV/AIDS, the World Bank (WB) supported by the United Nations (UN) and private sector partners has launched an initiative aimed at identifying and funding innovative approaches to reduce the stigma and discrimination associated with HIV and AIDS in India and other parts of the South Asia region.

Free lab services for HIV positive
Chandigarh, December 2
Exhibition on HIV/AIDS awareness, a counter for HIV testing, and a play on the subject were some of the highlights of the events held to observe World AIDS
Day yesterday.

For Research
Man pledges body to PGI
Chandigarh, December 2
From selling liquor to reading the ancient Indian religious texts, life has come a full circle for Satyapal Choujar, a leading wine trader of Chandigarh and Punjab.

Ramlila a draw in USA
Chandigarh, December 2
They are back from North America after doing 11 shows of Ramlila and they already have their hands full. For city-based director Rajiv Mehta and his team of 12, the experience was exhilarating.

Listening to cellphone song costs man his life
Chandigarh, December 2
Arun Kumar, a resident of Hallomajra village, was crushed to death under a train while crossing an elevated track near Colony Number 4, here this afternoon.

Insurance firm penalised Rs 88,000
Chandigarh, December 2
The District Consumer Courts Redressal Forum has directed Royal Sundaram Alliance Insurance Company to pay Rs 88,000 in compensation for not giving the claim of a Sector 46 resident.

Bus rams into tree; 6 injured
Chandigarh, December 2
Six persons, including a CTU bus driver, suffered minor injuries after the bus rammed into a tree in Manimajra after its steering wheel got jammed suddenly.

Sec-30 woman’s murder case
Clueless, cops shut files after 15 months
Chandigarh, December 2
Just after 15 months, a Sector-30 resident Santosh Kumari was found brutally murdered at her residence on October 26, 1998, the police shut down investigation of the blind murder case even as her husband alleged that it was a handiwork of some insiders.

Lavatories to come up near DC’s office?
Two more underground parking lots get the nod
Chandigarh, December 2
Public toilets will be constructed in the pedestrian area behind the deputy commissioner’s office in Sector 17 here.

Balwinder Singh Dr Balwinder Singh, Scientist-C of IMTECH, Sector 39, Chandigarh, who has been awarded the Biotechnology Overseas Associateship (long-term)
at Harvard University, Cambridge, USA.

City sanjha morha to join BKU rally
Chandigarh, December 2
Members of the Chandigarh Sanjha Morcha, a group protesting against the acquisition of land in the UT, today announced to participate in a rally being organised by the Bharatiya Kisan Union (BKU) at Moga on December 4.

BSF’s raising day observed
Chandigarh, December 2
Border Security Force’s 43rd raising day was observed by the headquarters of Additional Director General (West) on the BSF campus at Lakhnaur, near Mohali, yesterday.

Adequate supplies stabilise veggies prices
Chandigarh, December 2
With adequate supplies coming to the markets from the region, prices of vegetables have stabilised over the past fortnight.

Prabhjeet, Kamaljeet best at tying turban
Chandigarh, December 2
To encourage turban tying among the Sikh youth, a turban tying contest was organised by the Chandigarh Gurdwara Asthapan Committee, Sector 22, and Sri Guru Har Rai Sahib Diagnostic Centre at the Sector 22-D Gurdwara here today.

Harsh MohanDr Mohan is IAPM chief
Chandigarh, December 2
Professor Harsh Mohan, head of pathology, Government Medical College and Hospital, has been elected the incoming president of the National Executive Committee of Indian Association of Pathologists and Microbiologists (IAPM) for the year 2008. — TNS

 
CRIME

Victims of a fraud address mediapersons at the Chandigarh Press Club in Sector 27 on Saturday. Fraud victims allege
police inaction

Chandigarh, December 2
Several persons from Chandigarh, Mohali and Panchkula alleged police inaction on their complaint lodged against a Sector 32 resident, who duped them of lakhs
of rupees.

Victims of a fraud address mediapersons at the Chandigarh Press Club in Sector 27 on Saturday. — A Tribune photograph

2 nabbed for consuming smack
Chandigarh, December 2
The police has arrested two persons for allegedly consuming smack at a public place.

 
BUSINESS

Trade Expo pulls huge crowds
Chandigarh, December 2
The PHD International Trade Expo-2007 was inaugurated yesterday at Parade Ground, Sector 17, by Sanjay Bhatia, president of the PHD Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

CSR programmes crucial for rapid growth, says expert
Chandigarh, December 2
For Indian industry to achieve rapid growth, corporate social responsibility (CSR) programmes are critical.

 
EDUCATION

From Schools
Students at their best on founder’s day
Mohali, December 2
Quality and entrepreneurship will be the two major driving forces of our country’s growth, said Dr NP Singh, dean, Examinations, Panjab Technical University, while addressing the students of PTU’s Gian Jyoti School of TQM and Entrepreneurship here today.

From Colleges
UK varsity offers post-graduate courses
Mohali, December 2
Prof Sujit Benerji, executive director, Post- Graduate Programmes from the University of Warwick (UK), visited the Doaba Institute of Engineering and Technology (DIET) here.

Winter School on nanotechnology opened
Mohali, December 2
Nanotechnology is a new approach to research and development for controlling the fundamental structure and behaviour of matter at the level of atoms and molecules.

Tiny tots put up colourful show
Chandigarh, December 2
Rainbow International School, Sector 27, Chandigarh, organised its annual function on the school premises today.

 
CULTURE

Laughter-filled evening at Kalagram
Chandigarh, December 2
The laughter-packed spells of crisp comedy reverberated the otherwise tranquil ambience of Kalagram first during the staging of a thrilling play 'Rabb Ne Kaisi Milayi Jodi' and later by a 'Hasya Kavi Sammelan'.

HEALTH

‘To check foeticide, empower women’
Panchkula, December 2
A fervent appeal was made by various speakers to wage a war against female foeticide at a seminar on the PNDT Act, organised by the health department
here today.

School body donates medical supplies
Chandigarh, December 2
Members of the Saupin’s Community Service Organisation of Saupins’s School-32, Chandigarh, donated medical supplies worth Rs 8,000 for 70 underprivileged children, who regularly visit the thalassaemic ward of the PGI for blood transfusion. The organsiation also donated Rs 20,000 for medical treatment of these children. — TNS

 
SPORTS

Kiran More ‘Vengsarkar should resign’
Panchkula, December 2
“With so many restrictions being put up by the BCCI on the
selection panel, Dilip Vengsarkar, chief selector of the BCCI,
should not continue with the job,” said former selection committee
chairman Kiran More.

Arun man of the match
Chandigarh, December 2
A fine display by Arun Madan (63 runs, 5 for 26) and Rohin (20 runs off 23 balls, 2 for 14) enabled HFCL Connect team to beat Infosys by six wickets during the league matches of the 8th CRY Cadence Corporate Cricket Challenge Tournament.

A young girl cheers teams during the ICL cricket match at Tau Devi Lal Stadium in Sector 3, Panchkula, on Sunday.
A young girl cheers teams during the ICL cricket match at Tau Devi Lal Stadium in Sector 3, Panchkula, on Sunday. — Tribune photo by Vinay Malik

CEC paddlers lift trophy
Mohali, December 2
Hosts Chandigarh Engineering College, Landran, emerged winner in the Punjab Technical University’s Inter-College Table Tennis Championship concluded at the college premises here today.

Weightlifting meet from tomorrow
Chandigarh, December 2
The 51st Inter-Services Weightlifting Championship will be held at 3 BRD (Base Repair Depot) from December 4.

Basketball: St Kabir-26 enter final
Chandigarh, December 2
St Kabir, Sector 26, will take on IS Dev Samaj School, Sector 21, in the final of the St Kabir Basketball Championship tomorrow at the St Kabir School in Sector 26 premises here.

Harjit Club win kabaddi title
Mohali, December 2
Harjit Friends Club, Pattohira village, emerged winner in the Open Kabaddi Tournament as part of the Sports Mela held in the memory of S. Sukhdev Singh Gill at Phase VIII grounds here today.

Tennis Championship
Ranjeet, Pukhraaj move to second round
Chandigarh, December 2
Top seed Ranjeet Singh conceded just two games to move to the second round by defeating Pukhraaj Singh (5-2) in the boys’ under-12 category and Rohin Vinayak beat Shonit (5-0) to book his berth in the second round of The Fort Ramgarh YMCA Total Tennis Championship.

Shamsher, Ramandeep best athletes at Special Olympics
Dera Bassi, December 2
The three-day Punjab State Special Olympics for mentally challenged children ended here this evening. Shamsher Singh of Ambuja School Ropar was chosen as the best athlete among boys while Ramandeep Kaur from the same school was chosen the best athlete among girls.

Nitesh takes Hindu School to win
Chandigarh, December 2
A fine batting display by Nitesh Kumar (61) and Ankush Anand (55) enabled Hindu Sabha Senior Secondary School, Amritsar, to beat Guru Teg Bahadur School, Patiala, during the first match of the PCA Boost Cup Tournament today.

NEIGHBOURHOOD

Villagers rescue sambar calf
Kharar, December 2
Villagers of Sahora rescued a sambar calf from the outskirts of their village. The villagers found a group of migrants running behind the calf trying to hunt it down.

The winning team with the trophy on the concluding day of the 6th Punjab State Junior and Open Sub-Junior Taekwondo Championship at Polo Groung in Patiala on Sunday.
The winning team with the trophy on the concluding day of the 6th Punjab State Junior and Open Sub-Junior Taekwondo Championship at Polo Groung in Patiala on Sunday. — Tribune photo by Rajesh Sachar

One killed in dispute over land
Ropar, December 2
One person was killed in a dispute over land in Kotla Nihang village near Ropar late in the evening today. Sources said the deceased has been identified as Teja Singh Doburji.

Trader killed trying to foil robbery
Patiala, December 2
Two youths with covered faces made an attempt to rob Anu Jain, owner of an iron shop on the Patiala-Rajpura road, at gunpoint while he was about to close the shop on Saturday.

Fatehgarh Sahib gets first
cricket academy

Fatehgarh Sahib, December 2
After having launched a cricket academy in Chandigarh, Dronacharya Awardee Desh Prem Azad is all set to open a cricket academy in the historical town of Fatehgarh Sahib, in collaboration with the Canadian Institute of International Studies (CIIS).


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