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Remove kundis: UT
Chandigarh, December 14
Faced with a whopping Rs 25 crore outstanding power dues, the Chandigarh administration today ordered action. Separately, it ordered the removal of illegal connections (kundis) in the city to cut down on transmission and distribution losses.

Power Theft
Judicial remand for Tehal Singh
Chandigarh, December 14
A day after Tehal Singh, the owner of a city’s well-known chicken eatery, was arrested by the police for alleged power theft, judicial magistrate Atul Marya today remanded him in judicial custody.

Kalka: HC orders status quo demolitions
Chandigarh, December 14
The Punjab and Haryana High Court today ordered status quo while taking up a bunch of petitions filed in public interest against the proposed demolition of certain buildings at Gandhi Chowk in Kalka.

Nomination of three councillors challenged
Chandigarh, December 14
A Division Bench of the Punjab and High Court today issued notice of motion on a petition against the nomination of three councillors to the Chandigarh Municipal Corporation on the ground that they did not have the mandatory qualification under Section 12 of the Punjab Municipal Corporation Act, 1976, as applicable to Chandigarh.

CTU Strike
Bus users left on road
Chandigarh, December 14
Hundreds of commuters faced inconvenience as CTU buses went off the road for two hours today. The CTU Worker’s Union had called for a ‘chakka jam’ on local and suburban routes from 11 am to 1 pm against the new transport policy of the administration.
Passengers wait for buses at the ISBT, Sector 17, as employees of the CTU observed a two-hour strike in Chandigarh on Friday.
Passengers wait for buses at the ISBT, Sector 17, as employees of the CTU observed a two-hour strike in Chandigarh on Friday. —Tribune photo by Parvesh Chauhan




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Suman Kalyanpur
Suman Kalyanpur

Suman, the other nightingale of India
Chandigarh, December 14
"Yunhi dil ne chaha tha, rona rulana, teri yaad to ban gayi ik bahana...", "Na tum hamen jaano, na hum tumhen jaane, magar lagta, hai kuchh aisa, mera humdum mil gaya...," "Mere mehboob na ja, aaj ki raat na jaa...," "Chand kanwal, mere chand kanwal, chup chaap so ja, yun na muchal...," "Sharabi, sharabi, ye sawan ka mausam, Khuda ki kasam khoobsurat na hota....". Beautiful Lata Mangeshkar numbers ? Wrong, all these unforgetable songs have been sung by sweet-voiced Suman Kalyanpur.

Chrysanthemum show opens
Chandigarh, December 14
Chrysanthemum Show at Terraced Garden, Sector 33, was inaugurated by Jeans Rodrigues, wife of Punjab Governor and UT administrator S.F. Rodrigues, today. The show will be open till December 16 and is being organised by the Chandigarh municipal corporation.
Visitors at Chrysanthemum Show that commenced at Terraced Garden in Sector 33, Chandigarh, on Friday. —Tribune photo by Manoj Mahajan 
Visitors at Chrysanthemum Show that commenced at Terraced Garden in Sector 33, Chandigarh, on Friday.

Programme on child development
Chandigarh, December 14
After successfully establishing itself in Delhi and Gurgaon, Pallavan today announced the launch of its ‘Early Child Development’ programme in Chandigarh.

Senior citizens certified as computer savvy
Chandigarh, December 14
A month-long computer literacy programme for senior citizens concluded with a valedictory function at the conference hall of DAV College, Sector 10, here, today.

Winged visitors at Dhanas Lake too
Chandigarh, December 14
The quiet environs at Patiala-ki-Rao are enlivened with the arrival of stilts -- long-legged, long-billed birds. It is for the first time that the forest lake near Dhanas has seen these guests, who are on a stopover call.


IN SEARCH OF WARMTH:
To escape the bitter cold of Siberia, migratory stilts land at Dhanas Lake in Chandigarh

IN SEARCH OF WARMTH: To escape the bitter cold of Siberia, migratory stilts land at Dhanas Lake in Chandigarh

Infant dies at Shishugrah
Panchkula, December 14
A two-and-a-half month old baby girl died at Shishugrah, Sector 15, for want of proper treatment here today.

Work on Hotel Mountview makeover begins
Chandigarh, December 14
The construction work to upgrade Hotel Mountview to a five star hotel began today. The first brick was laid by Khiali Ram, who has been working at the hotel for the past 26 years and is one of the oldest employees of CITCO.
IN SEARCH OF WARMTH: On terra firma, cricketer Hemang Badani of Chennai Superstars keeps off the chill by warming his (gloved) hands on a tower heater at ICL’s Tau Devi Lal Stadium in Panchkula on Friday. In the event, the warming up was not enough and he scored only 15 runs.
IN SEARCH OF WARMTH: On terra firma, cricketer Hemang Badani of Chennai Superstars keeps off the chill by warming his (gloved) hands on a tower heater at ICL’s Tau Devi Lal Stadium in Panchkula on Friday. In the event, the warming up was not enough and he scored only 15 runs. — Tribune photos by Pradeep Tewari

Adviser lends ears to villagers
Chandigarh, December 14
Adviser to UT administrator Pradip Mehra today visited Kishangarh village and listened to the grievances of villagers. The adviser also visited Sarangpur village.

Residents told to furnish labourers’ antecedents
Chandigarh, December 14
To keep a tab on the activity of criminals and anti-social elements, the district magistrate has asked employers and other residents who engage contract labourers on daily wages for petty services to furnish the details of such people to the station house officer of the police station concerned.

Debt-ridden tantrik found hanging
Chandigarh, December 14
Slamudin, a tantrik, was found hanging from a ceiling fan hook at his house in Ram Darbar early yesterday morning. He had taken a loan of Rs 50,000, which he could not repay, the police said.


Punjabi singer Barkat Sidhu performs during a folk music concert organised by the All India Radio at Law Bhavan in Chandigarh on Friday.
Punjabi singer Barkat Sidhu performs during a folk music concert organised by the All India Radio at Law Bhavan in Chandigarh on Friday. — Tribune photo by Manoj Mahajan

Mohali Airport
NOC issued for acquisition of 300 acres
Mohali, December 14
SAS Nagar deputy commissioner H.I.S. Grewal today issued a no objection certificate (NOC) for the acquisition of 300 acres of land of Jheorheri village for the Mohali international airport.

MC seeks Rs 130 cr for development works
Zirakpur, December 14
The Zirakpur municipal council has sought Rs 130 crore under the Jawahar Lal Nehru Urban Renewable Mission (JNURM) to carry out the much-needed development works in the township.

Auction: HUDA richer by Rs 111 crore
Panchkula, December 14
The Haryana Urban Development Authority (HUDA) became richer by Rs 111 crore when it auctioned commercial sites here today. Though the HUDA complex at Sector 6 could be seen swarmed by bidders since morning for auction of more than 100 sites and built up booths, just 30 sites could be sold by the closing of the auction late in the evening.

Highway Row
Justice will be done: Hooda

Panchkula, December 14
The removal of encroachments from national highway 22 in the wake of four-laning of the Zirakpur-Parwanoo highway threatens to snowball into a major political controversy with the BJP today announcing that a public meeting will be held at Kalka on December 16.

Punjab bandh fails to elicit response
Mohali, December 14
The ‘Fateh divas’ and Punjab bandh calls given by Shiv Sena (Hindustan) failed to elicit any response in the district. The police, who was out on the roads in large numbers and posted outside gurdwaras, arrested three women to prevent them from disturbing peace in the township.

MC to check haphazard construction
Mohali, December 14
The municipal council here has been given powers to check haphazard construction in villages where, after the property boom, big buildings have come up as per the owner’s whims.

Letters


 
CRIME

Thieves decamp with goods worth Rs 3 lakh
Mohali, December 14
Thieves decamped with electrical equipment worth Rs 3 lakh from a shop on the national highway here today.

Two held for gambling
Chandigarh, December 14
The police arrested two persons from Burail on charges of indulging in gambling.


 
BUSINESS

Incense sticks exempt from VAT
Chandigarh, December 14
The administration has exempted incense sticks like agarbatti and dhupbatti from 4 per cent value added tax (VAT) in UT Chandigarh.


 
EDUCATION

PU to have DNA test lab soon
State-of-the-art facility will be first of its kind in country
Chandigarh, December 14
Panjab University will soon house a state-of-the-art DNA identification lab. The lab will be the first of its kind in the country and will make use of advanced technologies to make the DNA testing and identification faster and accurate. According to PU vice chancellor Prof R.C. Sobti, talks are on with the experts.
Experts discuss advances in DNA identification and testing during the three-day Indo-US seminar-cum-demonstrative workshop on ‘Animal cell culture, DNA fingerprinting and cell marker identification’ at Panjab University, Chandigarh, on Friday.
Experts discuss advances in DNA identification and testing during the three-day Indo-US seminar-cum-demonstrative workshop on ‘Animal cell culture, DNA fingerprinting and cell marker identification’ at Panjab University, Chandigarh, on Friday. — A Tribune photograph

PEC conference on communication ends
Chandigarh, December 14
An array of experts working in the field of communication participated in the two-day conference on ‘Wireless and Optical Communication’ (WOC-07) concluded on the premises of Punjab Engineering College, Sector 12, today. The conference was organised by the electronics and electrical communication department of the college.

26 teachers attend refresher course at PU
Chandigarh, December 14
A refresher course on ‘Political Science in the 21st Century: The Emerging Trends’ organised jointly by the department of political science and Academic Staff College, Panjab University, is in progress at the department of political science. 


COURTS

CAT waives recovery amount imposed by KVS
Chandigarh, December 14
Ignoring that Karam Singh, the applicant, had drawn more salary than entitled, the Central Administrative Tribunal has waived the recovery amount that the Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangathan had imposed on him.

Reprieve for cop
CAT removes dismissal tag
Chandigarh, December 14
Going easy on a UT police’s dismissed constable, the Central Administrative Tribunal (CAT) has changed its dismissal order to removal. CAT reversed the dismissal of constable Ashok Kumar to removal from the UT police, as this will give him an opportunity to get a government job.


 
HEALTH

450 workers sensitised on AIDS
Chandigarh, December 14
The CII Haryana State Council organised an awareness session on HIV/AIDS to sensitise over 450 shop floor workers of Rico Auto Industries through infotainment at Gurgaon today.


 
SPORTS

Manchester United Premier Cup
CFA begin campaign with twin win
Chandigarh, December 14
Local Chandigarh Football Academy (CFA) kicked off their campaign on expected lines registering two wins in the Manchester United Premier Cup India Finals-2008, North East Zone Qualifying Football Tournament, being played simultaneously at the Sector 17 Football Stadium and Punjab Engineering College grounds here today.
Players of Mohameddan Sporting Club, Calcutta, and Youth Organisation Sporting Club, Manipur, in action during the Manchester United Premier Cup ’08 in Sector 17, Chandigarh, on Friday. —Tribune photo by Parvesh Chauhan
Players of Mohameddan Sporting Club, Calcutta, and Youth Organisation Sporting Club, Manipur, in action during the Manchester United Premier Cup ’08 in Sector 17, Chandigarh, on Friday.


The gold winning Handball team of Kendriya Vidyalaya, CRPF, Pinjore, which represented Chandigarh region in Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangathan National Sports Meet held at Itarsi, Madhya Pradesh. Also seen in the picture is the school principal and the coach
The gold winning Handball team of Kendriya Vidyalaya, CRPF, Pinjore, which represented Chandigarh region in Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangathan National Sports Meet held at Itarsi, Madhya Pradesh. Also seen in the picture is the school principal and the coach. — A Tribune photograph

Chill kills sporting spirit
Chandigarh, December 14
Chill and shorter days have dampened sporting spirit in the region. The impact of weather can be seen at various practice grounds, as the turnout of players there has gone down drastically.

Manik fashions Vivek High's victory
Chandigarh, December 14
A fine batting performance by Manik Khanna, who scored 51 runs, helped Vivek High XI to beat Vivek High Asian Cricket Academy by 2 wickets in the 1st Chairman's Trophy.

8 Pak players for PHL
Karachi, December 14
Eight Pakistan players will appear in the Premier Hockey League starting in Chandigarh on December 20.

District Carrom Championship
Sonal, Manasi in second round
Panchkula, December 14
Sonal Bansal thrashed Shikha Sharma by 6-0 to move ahead in the second round of the girls’ junior section in the 6th Panchkula District Carrom Championship at Saupin’s School here today. 

PU rowers emerge winners
Chandigarh, December 14
The PU rowers emerged winners in men’s single scull (R1 race) and double scull events (R2 race), clocking 4:32.86 seconds and 4:09.59 seconds, respectively, on the second day of All-India Inter-University Rowing Meet for men and women. The event is underway at the Sukhna Lake, here.
Kerala University girls in action during the Inter-University Rowing Championship at Sukhna Lake in Chandigarh on Friday.
Kerala University girls in action during the Inter-University Rowing Championship at Sukhna Lake in Chandigarh on Friday. —Tribune photo by Parvesh Chauhan

Holy Child School clinch title
Panchkula, December 14
Holy Child School, Panchkula, boys’ team clinched the winners’ title beating Hansraj Public School, Panchkula, team during the Inter-School Kho-Kho Tournament, in the under-14 boys category.


NEIGHBOURHOOD

Woman killed, 4 injured as bus rams into bike
Kharar, December 14
Baljinder Kaur (30), a resident of Sante Majra village and mother of two, lost her life when a Punjab roadways bus rammed into a drunk milkman this afternoon.



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