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The Cast Away
City numb towards its disabled
Chandigarh, December 3
Even as the district administration has initiated steps to help the city’s physically challenged, the attitude of its residents remains a major impediment, feel those on the wheelchair.

Mayors’ conference comes in way of flower show
Chandigarh, December 3
The municipal corporation’s annual chrysanthemum show seems to have run into rough weather with several winners of previous years and other participants saying they will be unable to take part this year.

2 die as bike rams into Army vehicle
Panchkula, December 3
Two persons, including a 21-year-old student of Sri Sukhmani Istitute of Enginseering and Technology (SSIET), Dera Bassi, were killed in a road accident on the Panchkula-Pinjore stretch of National Highway 22 here this evening.

Deepika harried by mob
Panchkula, December 3
It was chaos and utter mismanagement as ‘Om Shanti Om’ actress Deepika Padukone arrived at the opening of PC Jewellers in Sector 14 here today.

Probe ordered into fire
Chandigarh, December 3
Deputy Commissioner R.K. Rao today ordered an inquiry into the cause of the fire at Colony No. on Saturday.

COMMUNITY

Slum dwellers to get flats on rental basis only
Permanent allotment scheme a failure
Chandigarh, December 3
Intense pressure from various quarters notwithstanding, the Chandigarh administration will stick to its original plan and give built-up one-room flats to slum-dwellers on rental basis and not hand over the property on a permanent basis by allotting it to the beneficiaries.


 


EARLIER STORIES

Road signs that do not show
Chandigarh, December 3
A car was speeding down the Dakshin Marg and about to reach the Tribune rotary. Confused by the road sign near the rotary, it suddenly turned left and almost survived a hit by a speeding vehicle from behind.

Branches of a tree obstruct the view of an overhead signboard on the Dakshin Marg; and (right) Placed obscurely near the Tribune rotary, the signboard confuses the road users instead of indicating the direction.
Branches of a tree obstruct the view of an overhead signboard on the Dakshin Marg; and (right) Placed obscurely near the Tribune rotary, the signboard confuses the road users instead of indicating the direction. — Tribune photos by Manoj Mahajan 

Hawara’s allegation: Jathedar meets jail officials
Chandigarh, December 3
Jathedar Balwant Singh Nandgarh of Takht Damdama Sahib, accompanied by Punjab’s minister for jails Hira Singh Gabria visited the Model Jail, Burail, here in the wake of publication of a letter, reportedly written by Jagtar Singh Hawara in a section of the press.

China-made mobile phones, which look like high-end phones of various leading brands. Duplicate cells from China
capture market

Chandigarh, December 3
You name the cell phone model and you can have its Chinese version at one-fourth the price of the original one. That’s the latest rage in the market these days.

China-made mobile phones, which look like high-end phones of various leading brands. — Tribune photo by Parvesh Chauhan 

No water supply for 3 weeks
Dera Bassi, December 3
The police station here has no water supply for the past three weeks. The public office and its staff has been managing with a water tanker that supplies water to the station every day. But the water supplied by the tanker say the staff is not potable.

70-yr-old gored to death by a bull
Dera Bassi, December 3
A stray bull gored to death a 70-year-old resident of Dufferpur village today. The victim, Joginder Singh, was an ex-serviceman. He was on his way to the fields when the incident took place.

NGO to launch micro-finance plan for poor
Chandigarh, December 3
In order to improve the economic condition of poor at Janata Colony, Developing Indigenous Resources- India (DIR), a non-profit NGO, has planned to conduct a micro-finance project here.

‘Rape’ victim alleges threat from Baba’s disciples
Chandigarh, December 3
A Batala-based girl, who had levelled the allegation of rape against Baba Man Singh Pehowawale, today alleged that she and her family are getting threats from disciples of the Baba.

Woman during HIV AIDS blood test camp at Bal Bhawan Phase-5, Mohali, on Monday.
Woman during HIV AIDS blood test camp at Bal Bhawan Phase-5, Mohali, on Monday. — Tribune photo by Vicky Gharu

Mohali to have state’s first IT tower
Mohali, December 3
Mohali would soon boast of having Punjab’s first IT Tower. To be built on over eight acres of land in Sector 67, the IT Tower would offer over 8 lakh square feet of plug and play space to IT companies keen on coming to the state.

Residents sore over power cuts
Mohali, December 3
One usually hears of power cuts in summers but unannounced power cuts have plagued the town even as the winter is fast approaching.

Plea on bill dismissed; petitioner fined Rs 5,000
Chandigarh, December 3
The District Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum-I imposed a fine of Rs 5,000 on the petitioner, Ashok Sharma Nabhewala, as there was no merit in his plea.

Om Prakash Hooda Assistant sub-inspector Om Prakash Hooda polled the maximum number of votes (116) in the Chandigarh Police Housing Society elections held on Sunday. He is among the seven members elected for the society.

23 vehicles challaned
Dera Bassi, December 3
As many as 23 vehicles were challaned by the district transport office here today.

Anti-missile system 3 yrs away: expert
Chandigarh, December 3
It would take about three years for the Armed Forces to have an anti-ballistic missile defence system that would form the foundation of a shield against hostile missiles.

Bhatti seeks ‘subsidy’ on heroin, cocaine
Chandigarh, December 3
Known for his satire on real life problems, Jaspal Bhatti, organised a “Punjab drug mela” in Sector 17 here today, where Bhatti and members of his “nonsense club” demanded from the Punjab government subsidy on heroin, cocaine and opium-like drugs.

Jasjit SinghJasjit Singh
Chandigarh, December 3
The board of directors of the Punjab State Cooperative Bank Limited oday unanimously elected Jasjit Singh as its chairman. Jasjit Singh said the bank would continue to provide loans to the rural population at competitive rates. — TNS

 
CRIME

Man caught trying to cash stolen cheque
Chandigarh, December 3
Amandeep Singh of Phase II, Industrial Area, reported to the police, alleging Hayat Singh of Bageshwar district in Uttaranchal had been caught at Punjab National Bank in Phase II, Industrial Area, this morning while trying to withdraw Rs 20,000 on a cheque stolen from his factory. The police arrested Hayat Singh.

Thieves decamp with cash, jewellery
Panchkula, December 3
Thieves broke into a house in Sector 16 here yesterday and decamped with cash and jewellery worth over Rs 70,000.

 
BUSINESS

PHDCCI interacts with ex-Army men
Mohali, December 3
Retired officers from defence services with valuable managerial and administrative resources can be a great human resource input for the industry today which, in spite of the boom, is looking for worthy professionals.

Pact on quality control to boost India, Pak trade
Chandigarh, December 3
The trade relations between India and Pakistan will soon go a step further with both the countries having proposed an agreement to recognise the quality-control certifications issued by the respective countries for various products.

‘ITEX 2007 good for potential investors’
Chandigarh, December 3
The Punjab Governor and Administrator, Union Territory, Chandigarh, Gen SF Rodrigues today visited the International Trade Exposition - ITEX 2007, organised by the PHD Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

International fast-food outlet opened
Chandigarh, December 3
Rajinder Kaur Bhattal, president of Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee and leader of the opposition, today inaugurated “Subway”, an international fast-food chain in Sector 35 here.

 
EDUCATION

PU to start master’s in disaster mgmt
Chandigarh, December 3
Panjab University syndicate in its meeting held here today decided to introduce a new course of master’s in disaster management with effect from the next academic session.
Students at the state-level inter-school competitions organised by the Punjab School Education Board in Mohali on Monday.
Students at the state-level inter-school competitions organised by the Punjab School Education Board in Mohali on Monday. — Tribune photo by Vicky Gharu

Misuse of Funds
Show-cause notice to DAV-8
Chandigarh, December 3
The Chandigarh education department has issued a 15-day show-cause notice to DAV Senior Secondary School, Sector 8, to explain why the managing committee of the school should not be dissolved and instead a manager and official receiver by the education department should not be appointed to look after the school affairs.

More MoUs with foreign varsities on mind: Sobti
Chandigarh, December 3
Panjab University is on a mission. After the ongoing student-exchange programme in the department of laws with Stockholm University, Sweden, the university is now contemplating on signing more MoUs.

Special kids’ day with colours
Chandigarh, December 3
Subhash of Government Senior Secondary School, Sector 45, won the first place in the 6 to 4 years category while Shivam Gupta of Government High School, Sector 47, emerged winner in the drawing competitions held at Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 10, here today.

Students’ council holds first meeting
Chandigarh, December 3
The Panjab University Campus Students’ Council (PUCSC) today held its first meeting with all department representatives (DRs).

PU Notes
38 teachers attend in-service training
Chandigarh, December 3
A four-week long orientation course sponsored by the UGC for newly inducted college and university teachers was inaugurated by Prof R.C. Sobti here today.

Sociology result
Chandigarh, December 3
Panjab University has declared the results of MA I (sociology)examination held in September 2007. — TNS

COURTS

Five judges likely to take oath tomorrow
Chandigarh, December 3
The first woman advocate to be elevated to the Bench from the Bar, Daya Chaudhary, and four other advocates are expected to be administered oath as the Punjab and Haryana High Court Judges on Wednesday.

PIL on law enforcement
Chandigarh, December 3
In a petition filed in public interest, Chandigarh-based Voluntary Health Association through its executive director Manmohan Sharma has sought effective enforcement of law for protection of women against domestic violence.

 
HEALTH

Dr Harsh Mohan resigns
Chandigarh, December 3
Dr Harsh Mohan, the acting medical superintendent of Government Medical College and Hospital, resigned from the post here today.

 
SPORTS

Poor infrastructure to blame
ICL: Visitors shun P’kula hotels
Panchkula, December 3
Panchkula continues to live up to its reputation of being a poor cousin to Chandigarh. In fact, the ongoing entertainment-cum-cricket bonanza-Indian Cricket League (ICL) has failed to bring any tangible benefits to the township with big brother Chandigarh cornering all benefits.

Band of Boys perform at Tau Devi Lal Stadium in Panchkula and (R) cricket fans cheer during ICL match at Tau Devi Lal Stadium in Panchkula on Monday.
Band of Boys perform at Tau Devi Lal Stadium in Panchkula and (R) cricket fans cheer during ICL match at Tau Devi Lal Stadium in Panchkula on Monday. — Tribune photos by Manoj Mahajan

Football Tournament
St Xavier’s beat Strawberry School
Chandigarh, December 3
With his two goals, Sanyukt guided St Xavier’s School, Sector 44, to register a comfortable 3-0 win over Strawberry World Field School, Sector 26, in pool-D of the Chandigarh Football Tournament for St Kabir Trophy being played at the St Kabir School grounds, Sector 26, here today.

Kuljeet emerges winner in long jump event
Chandigarh, December 3
Kuljeet Singh of the Institute of Blind, Sector 26, emerged winner in long jump (visually impaired) in the under-15 year age group category during a special event ‘Ability search contest’ organised by the Chandigarh Education Department at Sector 46 Sports Complex here.

Tennis: Sachin moves to next round
Chandigarh, December 3
Top seed Sachin Kumar moved ahead beating Varundeep Singh by 5-2 in the boys’ under-10 category on the second day of the The Fort Ramgarh YMCA Total Tennis Championship at YMCA, Sector 11, here today.

Sohrab takes DAV-8 to final
Chandigarh, December 3
An all round performance by Sohrab (3 for 17 and 23 n.o.), Nikhil and Rakesh fashioned a victory for DAV Senior Secondary School-8, Chandigarh, against Kundan Vidya Mandir, Ludhiana, in the first semi-final match of the PCA Boost Cup Tournament.

Lift b’ball trophy too
Chandigarh, December 3
Displaying good coordination, St Xavier’s School, Sector 44, lifted the trophy beating the hosts St Kabir’s School, Sector 26, (33-24) in the final of the ICSE Inter-School Basketball (girls) Tournament at the school courts here today. Harneet Kaur was the highest scorer for the winners with 11 points. — TNS

Tennis tourney on Dec 8,9
Mohali, December 3
The Mohali District Lawn Tennis Association (MDLTA) in collaboration with Stellent Infrastructure Private Limited will be conducting the “Second Tri-City (MDLTA-Stellent) Tennis Championship” on December 8 and 9. — TNS

NEIGHBOURHOOD

SAD(A) leader killed in dispute over land
Ropar, December 3
The district police has booked four persons in a dispute over Asra City land in Kotla Nihang village last night that led to the death of Teja Singh Doburji, vice-president of the local youth wing of the SAD (A).

Two in action during trail race at the War Heroes Stadium on the occasion of World Disability Day in Ambala on Monday.
Two in action during trail race at the War Heroes Stadium on the occasion of World Disability Day in Ambala on Monday. — Tribune photo by Kamal Sachar

Operated man dies, inquiry ordered
Ambala, December 3
Deputy commissioner Ambala Mohammad Shayin today ordered an enquiry into the death of a man following a vasectomy operation.

Fake desi ghee factory unearthed
Ambala, December 3
In a big haul, police today unearthed a factory manufacturing fake 'desi ghee' run by a youth in Milapnagar locality of Ambala city last night.

Freedom fighter passes away
Fatehgarh Sahib, December 3
The mortal remains of 106-year-old Shingara Singh, who had participated in the country's fight for freedom, were today consigned to flames in his native Shahzadpur village.



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