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Leisure trip turns tragic
13-yr-old student dies in bus mishap
An injured student at a Panchkula hospital. Panchkula, December 15
A 13-year-old student was killed and 34 others injured, three of them seriously, when a school bus carrying them tipped over and fell into a 80-foot-deep ditch near Tikker Tal, Morni, here this afternoon.
An injured student at a Panchkula hospital.

ICL carnival awaits colourful closure today
Panchkula, December 15
Himani performs during an ICL match at Tau Devi Lal Cricket Stadium in Panchkula on Saturday. The inaugural Indian Cricket League carnival will see its first final tomorrow evening at Tau Devi Lal Cricket Stadium in Sector 3 here.

Himani performs during an ICL match at Tau Devi Lal Cricket Stadium in Panchkula on Saturday. — A Tribune photograph

The Good...
Admn to bear surgery costs of kids
Helping the heart beat
Chandigarh, December 15
The Chandigarh administration has started a scheme to bear the entire expenditure of the corrective surgery of children with congenital heart disease.

...& The Ugly
HIV+ women forced into prostitution
PGI sacks AIDS project employee
Chandigarh, December 15
An employee of the AIDS project at the PGI has been dismissed on the allegations of forcing certain HIV+ women into prostitution.



EARLIER STORIES

Refund fee, consumer panel tells PU
Chandigarh, December 15
Upholding the order of the District Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum, the State Consumer Disputes Redressal Commission has asked Panjab University to refund the fees of a student.

Chain Singh Sandhu NRI automobile baron set to explore home turf
Panchkula, December 15
Chain Singh Sandhu, a successful NRI who set up the $400 million automobile giant -NYX Inc in the USA by sheer dint of hard work, is set to return to his roots to replicate his success story in India.
"In fact, cashing in on the automobile boom in India, our company plans to set up a manufacturing base in Chandigarh's periphery."

COMMUNITY

Combating Terrorism
‘Meaningful and early action is the key’
Paul Wallace, Professor Emertius from the University of Missouri (L) and Election Commissioner of India S. Y Quraishi at a lecture on ‘Terrorism and Closure : It Ain’t over till it’s Over’ at the Institute of Development and Communication in Chandigarh. Chandigarh, December 15
If a reasonable degree of closure is not secured or if the issues and situations that lead to violence are not sufficiently resolved, then political violence and terrorism can reappear.

Paul Wallace, Professor Emertius from the University of Missouri (L) and Election Commissioner of India S. Y Quraishi at a lecture on ‘Terrorism and Closure : It Ain’t over till it’s Over’ at the Institute of Development and Communication in Chandigarh. Tribune photo by Manoj Mahajan

This 10-ft-high star is the biggest star ever made in Chandigarh. It has been put up by members of the Mar Thoma Church on the church premises at Raipur Khurd near the airport chowk to herald the joy of Christmas.
This 10-ft-high star is the biggest star ever made in Chandigarh. It has been put up by members of the Mar Thoma Church on the church premises at Raipur Khurd near the airport chowk to herald the joy of Christmas. Tribune photo by Manoj Mahajan

Highway Row
Residents to remove encroachments
Panchkula, December 15
Deciding to maintain a distance from political parties on the demolition issue, shopkeepers here have planned to remove encroachments from the national highway passing through the main market at Kalka.

Dist Admn Complex
42 acres to be acquired in Sanetta village
Mohali, December 15
The district administration is all set to “acquire” 42 acres of land in Sanetta village here for the construction of the district administrative complex (DAC). In a unique move, the administration is reported to have reached an understanding with the village panchayat to allow it to use 42 acres of its sham lat (village common land) for setting up of the DAC.

Culture exchange will cement ties: Mauritius Prez
President of the Republic of Mauritius Anerood Jugnauth with his wife being welcomed by members of the International Brahmrishi Mission at Sector 19 in Chandigarh on Saturday. Chandigarh, December 15
Asserting the strong relationship between India and Mauritius, Mauritian President Anerood Jugnauth expressed that their ancestors originally belonged to India. He shared his feelings for India on his brief visit to International Yoga Centre, Sector 19, here today.

President of the Republic of Mauritius Anerood Jugnauth with his wife being welcomed by members of the International Brahmrishi Mission at Sector 19 in Chandigarh on Saturday. Tribune photo by Vicky Gharu

Axed tree falls on cables
PEC campus in darkness
Chandigarh, December 15
The Punjab Engineering College campus in Sector 12 was plunged into darkness today owing to ‘the pruning of trees’ near Arawali Hostel.


Contestants of Indian Idol perform at Leisure Valley in Chandigarh on Saturday.
Contestants of Indian Idol perform at Leisure Valley in Chandigarh on Saturday. Tribune photo by Manoj Mahajan

One-yr-old girl found abandoned
Mohali, December 15
A one-year-old baby girl was found abandoned in the Phase I khokha market here this evening. The child, clad in a green sweater, purple pyjamas and a cap, was found by the shopkeepers of the market. When they could not find anyone to claim her, they called the police.

Ministerial staff ultimate to govt
Chandigarh, December 15
The Punjab State Ministerial Services Union today served an ultimatum on the Punjab government to accept their outstanding demands failing which they would launch an indefinite agitation.

Great Escape trails through city
Chandigarh, December 15 Great Escape, organised by Mahindra and Mahindra in association with JK Tyre, Bosch, Bharat Shell, Swami Automobiles Private Limited and Goel Motors, chartered an unforgettable journey across the picturesque environs of the city here today.

Woman dies of burns
Chandigarh, December 15 Poonam, a 27-year-old married woman, died of burns after a stove burst at her Colony No. 5 house early this morning. According to the police, the incident took place when the victim was preparing tea on the stove.

Letters
Stop black marketing
THE auction of plots/shops is common. But the concept of auctioning certain favoured numbers for vehicles has been introduced recently by the Chandigarh administration and many other states. The practise of buying such numbers has become a status symbol for many but it is beyond the means of the common man.

 
CRIME

Car thieves flee on foot after chase
Chandigarh, December 15
Two youngsters took off on foot, leaving behind a stolen Maruti car in Sector 22, after a police officer on night patrol gave them a chase in the wee hours today.

Three vehicles stolen
Chandigarh, December 15
Three vehicles, including a car, have been stolen from city.

Two found dead
Dera Bassi, December 15
An unidentified person was found dead on the Ambala-Kalka railway tracks here this morning. The victim, in his mid 40s, seemed to have been killed by a train near Dhakoli.

 
EDUCATION

Education Dept Initiative
Teaching through theatre
Chandigarh, December 15
To make the curriculum more interesting and student friendly, the Chandigarh education department has found out a novel way of teaching difficult subjects. It is ‘study through theatre’ project.

PU seminar concludes
Chandigarh, December 15
The three-day Indo-US seminar-cum-demonstrative workshop on ‘Animal cell culture, DNA fingerprinting and cell marker identification’ concluded today at Panjab University (PU). PU vice chancellor Prof R.C. Sobti, also the chairman of the seminar, dedicated his talk to his revered teacher and mentor late Prof G.P. Sharma.

PU job fest on December 18
Chandigarh, December 15
The Indian National Students Organisation (INSO), Panjab University Campus Students’ Council and Aspire would jointly organise a one-day job festival at Panjab University on December 18.

COURTS

1,782 cases settled at lok adalat
Chandigarh, December 15
At least 1,782 cases were disposed of during a lok adalat held at the district courts here today. A compensation of Rs 54.67 lakh was awarded in 41 cases of accident that were settled. Also, 1,230 cases were settled under Section 138 of the Negotiable Instrument Act. The presiding officer of the labour court settled 36 cases with a sum of Rs 4.42 lakh.

Power Theft
Tehal Singh, wife get bail
Chandigarh, December 15
Tehal Singh and his wife Subh Lata, accused of power theft, were granted bail by different courts here today.

 
CULTURE

Befitting tribute to Rafi
Chandigarh, December 15
God and nature seemed to have collaborated to set up a wondrous miracle, called “Golden Voice of Mohammed Rafi”, which virtually continues to still the flow of time even after decades of it was silenced by the untimely demise of the legendary singer in 1980.

 
SPORTS

160 special children participate in state athletics meet
Special children in joyous mood during the State Athletics Meet organised by Special Olympics, Chandigarh chapter, at Sports Complex, Sector 7, Chandigarh, on Saturday. Chandigarh, December 15
For them, it was not a win or lose contest, as they were there to win hearts only. Living in their own world, around 160 special children from different institutes participated in the State Athletics Meet, organised by Special Olympics, Chandigarh Chapter, at Sector 7 Sports Complex, here, today.

Special children in joyous mood during the State Athletics Meet organised by Special Olympics, Chandigarh chapter, at Sports Complex, Sector 7, Chandigarh, on Saturday. Tribune photo by Manoj Mahajan

Central Revenue Golf Tourney
Babla Singh clinches title
Chandigarh, December 15
Babla Singh from Kolkata played a two-over par 74 to clinch the title in the Central Revenue Invitation Golf Tournament on the par 72 greens of the Chandigarh Golf Club here today.

Manchester United Cup
CFA, Mohun Bagan shown doors
Chandigarh, December 15
In turn of events, Chandigarh Football Academy and former champions and last year's runners-up Mohun Bagan were shown the doors in the Manchester United Premier Cup 2008 North-East Zone Qualifying Football Tournament (under-15) being played at Football Stadium, Sector 17, and the Punjab Engineering College grounds, here today.

Infosys win by nine wickets
Chandigarh, December 15
Infosys won by 9 wickets in the 8th Cry Cadence Corporate Cricket Challenge, played today at DAV Sr. Secondary School, Sector 8-C, Chandigarh.



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