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City chokes on rallies
Chandigarh, December 6
It was chaos on roads leading to the Sector 25 Rally Ground. The Chandigarh-Ambala highway remained clogged throughout the day with Dalits, peasants and worker organisations from across Punjab holding two massive rallies in the city.
Traffic jam at the Sectors 34, 35 intersection in Chandigarh Traffic jam at the Sectors 34, 35 intersection in Chandigarh on Thursday.

It was official laxity that spilled chaos
Chandigarh, December 6
It was sheer official laxity that caused apprehensions of a "clash" between two groups today with the Chandigarh administration giving permission to Phillaur-based Dalit Dasta Virodhi Andolan and a political party for holding simultaneous rallies in the Sector 25 grounds here.
Thousands of activists of the Dalit Dasta Virodhi Andolan on the way to the Sector 25 rally ground in Chandigarh Thousands of activists of the Dalit Dasta Virodhi Andolan on the way to the Sector 25 rally ground in Chandigarh on Thursday.
— A Tribune photograph

Lawyers divided on court boycott
Kanwal, two others quit Bar Association
Chandigarh, December 6
The issue of letter of Ashok Kanwal regarding withdrawal of boycott of a local court has led to fissures among different sections of lawyers a day ahead of the elections to the Punjab and Haryana Bar Council.





EARLIER STORIES

Artistes of the Children Theatre Group stage a street play on AIDS organised by the Lions Club Chandigarh Supreme in Mohali
A WORD OF CAUTION:
Artistes of the Children Theatre Group stage a street play on AIDS organised by the Lions Club Chandigarh Supreme in Mohali on Thursday.

MC staff halt work
Allege senior dy mayor manhandled official
Chandigarh, December 6
Work at the municipal corporation came to a standstill this afternoon after a heated exchange of words between an employee of the estate office and the senior deputy mayor.

School Games
CTU bus carries players to Delhi
Chandigarh, December 6
A day after The Tribune highlighted the story of table tennis and judo players having been left out of the National School Games in Mizoram because the authorities had failed to confirm their railway tickets in time, the UT education department sent the children on a special CTU bus to New Delhi this afternoon.

‘Living heritage’ proposal for City Beautiful
Chandigarh, December 6
In a rare honour for Chandigarh, UNESCO has invited the city to be part of the network of Indian sites on “living heritage”. This is separate from the UNESCO move to confer world heritage status on Le Corbusier’s works that mainly pertain to Chandigarh.

COMMUNITY

Thousands raise slogans to halt privatisation
Chandigarh, December 6
Thousands of members of 17 peasants and workers organisations from across Punjab today staged a rally at Rally Ground in Sector 25, here, protesting against the privatisation of public sector units, including the Punjab State Electricity Board.


Demonstrators bask in the sun during a rally organised by 17 organisations from Punjab against the privatisation spree of the state government on Thursday. — A Tribune photograph
Demonstrators bask in the sun during a rally organised by 17 organisations from Punjab against the privatisation spree of the state government

Patwaris on indefinite strike
Protest against govt’s indifference towards demands
Mohali, December 6
The patwaris of the district went on an indefinite strike from today to protest against the indifferent attitude of the government towards their demands. The patwar khanas across the district remained closed through the day and would not open till the demand of the patwaris were met.

Patwaris of Mohali district protest outside the deputy commissioner’s office in Mohali
Patwaris of Mohali district protest outside the deputy commissioner’s office in Mohali on Thursday. — Tribune photo by Vicky Gharu

Fraud in disability sector mounting: Expert
Chandigarh, December 6
Faking of disability is becoming commonplace, with the Rehabilitation Council of India routinely detecting frauds in the sector. Very recently the council’s rehabilitation professionals refused a disability certificate and hearing aid to a Delhi-based person who had managed a recommendation from the office of UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi.                                                          Sonia Narang
Sonia Narang

Pinjore fest begins today
Kapil Dev to lead ‘Run for Heritage’
Panchkula, December 6
‘Run for Heritage’ led by Indian Cricket League chairman Kapil Dev will be the highlight of the three-day Pinjore Heritage Festival beginning tomorrow at Yadvindra Gardens, Pinjore, near here.

Use Corbusier’s legacy for future planning: Rodrigues
Chandigarh, December 6
Advocating the need to harmoniously employ Le Corbusier’s legacy according to the changing needs of modern society, Punjab Governor and UT administrator Gen S.F. Rodrigues (retd) today asked senior officers of the Chandigarh administration architects and academicians.
Vice chancellor Prof R.C. Sobti interacts with Dr Upinder Kaur, minister of education, civil aviation, vigilance and justice, during a national seminar on ‘Guru Nanak Bani: Ideological and Cultural Perspective’ at Panjab University in Chandigarh
Vice chancellor Prof R.C. Sobti interacts with Dr Upinder Kaur, minister of education, civil aviation, vigilance and justice, during a national seminar on ‘Guru Nanak Bani: Ideological and Cultural Perspective’ at Panjab University in Chandigarh on Thursday. — Tribune photo by Pradeep Tewari

Chandigarh chapter of NIFAA opens
Chandigarh, December 6
The National Integrated Forum of Artists and Activists opened its Chandigarh chapter here today. The announcement was made at a press conference held at the Chandigarh Press Club.

Signboards being relocated
Chandigarh, December 6
Reacting to a recent new item in the Chandigarh Tribune regarding the wrongly placed signboards across the city, the UT engineering department has started relocating the signboards.

Ex-DGP opens detective agency
Panchkula, December 6
The ever increasing crime graph, shortage of manpower in police and an aim to increase efficacy in dealing with white collar frauds has prompted former DGP of Punjab Sarabjit Singh to open an investigative agency - New Age Investigators - at Swastik Vihar here.

’84 riots: Panel demands death for accused
Mohali, December 6
Members of the 1984 Danga Pirat Welfare Society, Punjab, yesterday staged a protest outside the deputy commissioner’s office demanding death penalty for those who were involved in the killing of Sikhs in 1984.

 
CRIME

2 councillors booked for road block
Chandigarh, December 6
Taking a serious note of yesterday’s road blockade, the police today booked 10 persons, including two councillors for blocking the Chandigarh-Ambala highway and causing inconvenience to the general public.

Mohali man killed in Darjeeling accident
Was on honeymoon
Mohali, December 6
A 30-year-old newly wed resident of Sector 70 died in an accident at Darjeeling yesterday. The victim, Sourabh Kapila, had gone to Darjeeling with his wife Ginni for their honeymoon when the jeep they were traveling in, fell into a 60-feet ditch.

Man found murdered
Panchkula, December 6
An unidentified man, in his early 30s, was found brutally murdered on the Saketri-Panchkula road here today. The body, whose neck had been slit with sharp-edged weapons, was first noticed by villagers in the morning, who later informed the police.

Sec 40 man defrauded of Rs 2 lakh
Chandigarh, December 6
A Sector 40 resident alleged that he was defrauded of Rs 2 lakh he had given as earnest money to a Sector 49 resident, who later refused to sell the property.

Bike hits pregnant woman
Chandigarh, December 6
A road mishap led to miscarriage of a woman, who was knocked down by a motorcyclist in Phase II, Ram Darbar, here, this morning.

 
EDUCATION


Panjab University students take out jago on the university campus
Panjab University students take out jago on the university campus on Thursday. — A Tribune photograph

PU to host World Punjabi Conference
Chandigarh, December 6

“Guru Nanak was a beacon, who inspired people to fight against social injustice. He gave the concept of congregational religion,” said Dr Upinderjit Kaur, minister of education, civil aviation, vigilance and justice, during a national seminar on ‘Guru Nanak Bani.

From Schools & Colleges
6 city students to participate in science congress
Chandigarh, December 6
Sanya Chopra of Carmel Convent School, Sector 9, and Sarthak Pahwa of St Kabir High School, Sector 26, from the senior group and Saurabh Shukla of Shivalik Public School, Sector 41, and Sarthak Gupta of St Kabir High School, Sector 26.

3 law students get scholarship
Mohali, December 6
Three students of the Army Institute of Law - Siddharth Suresh, Surabhi Rajpal and Jagriti Singh - have been awarded the Microsoft Research Scholarship under the Microsoft Scholars Programme being conducted by Microsoft India in association with law firm Amarchand Mangaldas.

COURTS

‘Bully’ bank agents get bail
Chandigarh, December 6
The district and sessions judge K.K. Garg today granted bail to the four recovery agents of the ICICI Bank. The agents furnished bail bonds of Rs 20,000 each. They were arrested on the charges of forcibly taking away an SUV of a Panchkula resident on November 21.

Courts’ walls defaced with poll posters
Chandigarh, December 6
In the light of the Punjab and Haryana Bar Council elections, the District Courts premises has been defaced by lawyers by pasting election posters. The walls of the court building have posters with name and picture of the candidate contesting the elections.

Fund Fraud
Accused get a day more in police remand
Mohali, December 6
A local court today extended by a day the police remand of the four accused who were arrested by the Punjab Vigilance Bureau for embezzlement of funds worth Rs 1.42 crore provided under Punjab Nirman Yojna.

 
SPORTS

Total Tennis
Sonali, Inayat to clash in final
Chandigarh, December 6
Sonali Bansal and Inayat face each other in the finals of girls under 16 category of the ongoing Fort Ramgarh YMCA Total Tennis Championship at YMCA courts, Sector 11, here.

Soccer: St Stephen’s lift St Kabir Trophy
Chandigarh, December 6
St Stephen's School, Sector 45, kept hold of the Kabir Trophy for the third time in a row defeating the hosts St Kabir School, Sector 26, by 2-0 in the finals of the Chandigarh Football Tournament (U-12) for St Kabir Trophy concluded at the school premises here today.
St Stephen’s team members dance with joy after clinching St Kabir trophy for the third time. — Tribune photo by Manoj Mahajan
St Stephen’s team members dance with joy after clinching St Kabir trophy for the third time

Netball tourney from tomorrow
Chandigarh, December 6
The Netball Association of Chandigarh is organising the Chandigarh State Senior Netball Championship (boys and girls) on December 8 and 9 at Guru Nanak Khalsa Senior Secondary School, Sector 30, here.

NEIGHBOURHOOD

Panchayat, zila parishad poll to be held simultaneously
Patiala, December 6
The panchayat and zila parishad elections in Punjab would be held simultaneously in the state in March or April. This was stated here today by Punjab rural development and panchayat minister Ranjit Singh Brahmpura.

Two traders, 15 bovine killed as bus, truck collide
Kharar, December 6
Two cattle traders and 15 bovine were killed in a bus-truck collision on Kharar-Kurali road. The cattle were being taken for slaughtering purpose to Saharanpur (Uttar Pradesh).


Veterinary doctor examines injured cattle in Kurali on Thursday. — Tribune photo by Vicky Gharu

Veterinary doctor examines injured cattle in Kurali

Boy missing from Hoshiarpur found in Kharar
Kharar, December 6
Thirteen-year-old Harpreet Sharma, a student of St Joseph's Convent School of Hoshiarpur, was found abandoned today near Kharar bus stand at around 12.30 noon.


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