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ICL’s Grand Finale
Stars leave fans yearning for more

Panchkula, December 16
Expecting a galaxy of shining stars, thousands of cricket fans, braving the evening chill as well as the chaos outside the ICL grounds here today, were left disappointed with only three of them making a lightning appearance for the grand finale, that too to promote their forthcoming film.

Near stampede at entry gates
Panchkula, December 16
Despite the bitter cold, thousands turned up for the ICL Indian Cricket League Twenty20 tournament on the final day today. The rush stumped the organisers.
A huge crowd blocks one of the entry gates to Tau Devi Lal Cricket Stadium in Panchkula A huge crowd blocks one of the entry gates to Tau Devi Lal Cricket Stadium in Panchkula on Sunday.
— A Tribune photograph

‘Civil judge’ in judicial remand
Chandigarh, December 16
A local court today remanded Inderjit Singh of Lalru, allegedly moving about in a stolen car with a red beacon posing as “civil judge junior division-cum-judicial magistrate”, to two days’ police custody. He was arrested yesterday.

Come summer, AC buses will roll on city roads
Chandigarh, December 16
The Chandigarh administration, after months of delay, is now ready to purchase 10 Volvo-type AC buses, 18 mini AC buses and five 5 double-decker buses to its fleet. The buses were scheduled to be purchased this summer and the administration had allocated Rs 10 crore for the same.




EARLIER STORIES

Litigants seek relief as per land-pooling scheme
Acquisition of Land for Sectors 76 to 80
Mohali, December 16
The litigants of Sectors 76 to 80 here who did not accept the compensation awarded to them by the government following the acquisition of their land have now demanded that they should be compensated as per the new land-pooling scheme of the government.

Architects of UT concerned over city’s future
Chandigarh, December 16
Former chief architects of Chandigarh, Punjab and Haryana today expressed serious concern over the diminishing role of the UT’s Urban Planning Department in the decision making process and its adverse consequences on the city’s future.
Some of former chief architects of Chandigarh, Punjab and Haryana, who assembled at the residence of M.N. Sharma, a former UT chief architect, to discuss issues concerning the future of the city. — Tribune photo by Vinay Malik

Some of former chief architects of Chandigarh, Punjab and Haryana, who assembled at the residence of M.N. Sharma, a former UT chief architect, to discuss issues concerning the future of the city

Filmstar Ajay Devgan (second from left) and Irfan Khan with Ayesha Takia on stage
Filmstar Ajay Devgan (second from left) and Irfan Khan with Ayesha Takia on stage

Young woman fans cheer for Chandigarh Lions, and (R) models at a fashion show at a break during the final ICL Twenty20 match in Panchkula
Young woman fans cheer for Chandigarh Lions, and (R) models at a fashion show at a break during the final ICL Twenty20 match in Panchkula on Sunday. — Tribune photos by Pradeep Tewari


COMMUNITY

Too ‘careless’ to nab car thieves
Chandigarh, December 16
Carelessness on part of the Rajpura police has “ensured safe passage” to two members of a suspected gang of car thieves, who had decamped with a car from Chandigarh on December 4.

Traffic police to have alcoholmeters
Panchkula, December 16
The district police is all set to add punch to its challan drive by acquiring alcoholmeters to keep a check on drunken driving. “It was found that people involved in road accidents quite often are under the influence of liquor making others suffer for their fault,” said Panchkula SP Sandip Khirwar.

In Basta
Student’s Murder
Cops reach a dead end
Chandigarh, December 16
“Untraced” reports even in heinous crimes, including rape and murders, seem to have become the favourite line of action of the police. Nothing else can explain it better than the gruesome murder of an 11-year-old boy, Satbir Singh alias Bobby, whose case was closed after 22 months of investigation, after his body was recovered on March 1, 2000.

Land Usurp Case
Chief secy to probe war widow’s allegations
Mohali, December 16
The ministry of defence, Government of India, has asked the Punjab chief secretary to inquire into the allegations of Mahinder Kaur, a war widow and a resident of Sil village whose piece of land was allegedly usurped.

Capitol Complex to have museum of knowledge
The museum of knowledge will be the state-of-the-art building with discussion rooms, seminar rooms, research facilities and a library-cum-research centre
Chandigarh, December 16
The administration has decided to set up a museum of knowledge (MoK) in the Capitol Complex. This will be as per the original design of the Governor's Palace building and will be at the same location, as planned by Le Corbusier.

Sector 10 residents protest multi-storey houses for staff
Chandigarh, December 16
Construction of multi-storey houses in place of Type-13 houses in Sector 10 for government employees has now triggered protest from the occupants of private houses in the area.
Residents of Sector 10 discuss the implications of multi-storied houses being constructed for government employees in the sector, Chandigarh, on Sunday. — A Tribune photograph

Residents of Sector 10 discuss the implications of multi-storied houses being constructed for government employees in the sector, Chandigarh

Vijay Diwas: ’71 war heroes paid homage
Chandigarh, December 16
The Western Command today celebrated Vijay Diwas at its headquarters here to commemorate the victory of Indian armed forces over their Pakistani counterparts on both eastern and western fronts during the 1971 war.

Lt-Gen T K Sapru, GOC-in-C, Western Command, interacts with veterens on Vijay Divas at Chandimandir on Sunday. — A Tribune photograph

Lt-Gen T K Sapru, GOC-in-C, Western Command, interacts with veterens on Vijay Divas at Chandimandir

Raising Day celebrated
Chandigarh, December 16
A special Sainik Sammelan was held by the 25 Air Defence Regiment to celebrate its 48th Raising Day, somewhere in the Western Sector today. The sammelan was addressed by Colonel Vikash Sharma, Commanding Officer of the Regiment.

Rs 15 lakh for paraplegic centre
Mohali, December 16
Punjab minister for cooperation and defence services welfare Capt Kanwaljit Singh gave a grant of Rs 15 lakh to General Commander-in-Chief of the Western Command Lt General T.K. Sapru for the upgradation of the Paraplegic Rehabilitation Centre (PRC), Mohali.

Punjab cooperation and defence services minister Capt Kanwaljit Singh at the Paraplegic Rehabilitation Centre on Vijay Divas in Mohali on Sunday. — Tribune photo by Vicky Gharu
Punjab cooperation and defence services minister Capt Kanwaljit Singh at the Paraplegic Rehabilitation Centre on Vijay Divas in Mohali

Singapore woos Chandigarhians
Chandigarh, December 16
A special open top bus, along the orchard road, will be free for every visitor to Singapore this season, said Kenneth Lim, area director, Northern and Eastern India, Singapore Tourism Board, who is on a visit to the city to promote Singapore Tourism.

BJP to approach admn on delimitation of wards
Chandigarh, December 16
The BJP will approach the district administration afresh for reconsideration of delimitation exercise carried out for the wards of the Panchkula municipal council. Addressing a press conference here, Haryana senior vice-president of the party Gian Chand Gupta termed the delimitation of wards.

Tourism dept’s New Year treat
Chandigarh, December 16
The Chandigarh tourism department will celebrate the Chandigarh New Year Festival at various tourist places from December 26 to January 1. The festival will start on December 26 with a musical evening dedicated to R.D. Burman at Sukhna Lake at 5:30 pm and at Plaza Carnival, Sector 17, at 6 pm.

Pensioners demand CSD canteen facilities
Chandigarh, December 16
The Coordination Committee of the Central Government Pensioner’s Association celebrated pensioners day to discuss the problems related to health among the pensioners at the auditorium, Art Gallery, Sector 10, here today.

 
CRIME

Man held with 1,200 litres of kerosene
Chandigarh, December 16
The police today, in a joint operation with the Food and Supplies Department, seized 1,200 litres of kerosene and arrested a Dhanas resident. According to the police, Bundleshwar Kumar Tiwari of Dhanas was arrested following a secret information from airport light point this morning.

 
EDUCATION

Students protest change in exam mode
Mohali, December 16
Students of BTech at the Punjab Technical University Institute of Total Quality Management here are up in arms against a last-minute change in the mode of examinations. Sunil Kumar, a second year student of the institute, alleged that when they were admitted to the college.

From Schools
Annual day celebrated with zeal
Chandigarh, December 16
Carmel Convent School presented an enthralling and fun filled evening during the annual day function held at the school auditorium, here, yesterday evening. A variety of programmes like Barbie World, which depicted a land of fantasy was presented by Class 1 students which left everyone spellbound.
Students of Gurukul School perform fusion dance at 21st Chrysanthemum Show at a prize distribution function held in Terraced Garden in Sector 33, Chandigarh
Students of Gurukul School perform fusion dance at 21st Chrysanthemum Show at a prize distribution function held in Terraced Garden in Sector 33, Chandigarh, on Sunday. — Tribune photo by Parvesh Chauhan

From Schools & Colleges
Energetic performances mark ‘Panache 07’
Mohali, December 16
Gaeity, fervour and spirited performances by students marked the annual day celebrations of Small Wonders School today.

Students of Ashmah International School, Sector 70, perform during their annual day in Mohali on Sunday. — Tribune photo by Vicky Gharu

Students of Ashmah International School, Sector 70, perform during their annual day in Mohali

 
CULTURE

Book exhibition enchant city
Chandigarh, December 16
Adventure, art and culture, astrology, autobiographies, books by eminent authors, children’s literature, humour, philosophy-dwell into a rich collection of books by Rupa & Co. at Lajpat Rai Bhawan in Sector 15. The book exhibition features a vast variety of books and is currently on till December 17.

Expressing emotions through poetry
Panchkula, December 16
Well-known poets from Jharkhand, UP, Haryana and Punjab participated in the All-India Poetic Symposium organised by the Ehsaas Adabi Trust here today. After chief guest Lt Gen B.K.N. Chhibber, former Governor of Punjab, lighted the 'shama', society president and noted poet B.D. Kalia Hamdam aptly expressed his resolute promise with his verse.

HEALTH


Paediatricians join hands to combat child abuse
Chandigarh, December 16
In the backdrop of the chilling fact that over 53 per cent of India’s 400 million children face sexual abuse primarily at the hands of known persons, the Indian Academy of Paediatrics (IAP), an apex body of 16,000 paediatricians in the country, have woken up to its social responsibility of making the country safe for children.

Paediatricians at the Unicef-supported workshop on ‘Recognition and response to child abuse: The Indian scenario’ at the PGI in Chandigarh
Paediatricians at the Unicef-supported workshop on ‘Recognition and response to child abuse: The Indian scenario’ at the PGI in Chandigarh on Sunday. — Tribune photo by Vinay Malik

Bone marrow transplant now routine, says specialist
Chandigarh, December 16
“Bone marrow transplants (BMT), a rarity in India, are performed in the USA in a routine on patients of blood cancer up to the age of 70 years,” says Dr Devinder Singh Sandhu. A super-specialist in cancer, he is back in India after getting trained at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York.

Safe abortion methods discussed
Chandigarh, December 16
A workshop on contraception and safe abortion was organised by the department of obstetrics and gynaecology in collaboration with the WHO at the PGI here today. A special lecture on recent trends in emergency contraception by eminent gynaecologist Dr Suneeta Mittal was the highlight of the workshop.

 
SPORTS

‘Chandigarh is an architectural splendour’

Achrekar Cricket Academy’s Kalpana in city
Chandigarh, December 16
She has an exceptional feel for Chandigarh. The city took her down the memory lane in 1980s, when she visited as a cricket player for an inter-varsity womens’ cricket tournament. Meet women cricket coach and manager of Mumbai Cricket Association, Kalpana Murkar, who came to the city this evening to watch the finals of ICL Twenty20 Inaugural Cricket Tournament.


Kalpana Murkar
Kalpana Murkar

Winners of LMC-2007’ in city for ICL finals
Chandigarh, December 16
After winning the finals of Little Master’s Challenge (LMC) 2007, Mumbai’s largest cricket tournament for children, organised by the Salaam Bombay Cricket Academy, the match winners have been flown in to Chandigarh to watch the finals of ICL Inaugural Twenty20 Cricket tournament at Tau Devi Lal stadium, Sector 3, Panchkula, today.

Manchester United Cup
East Bengal thrash SBHS Football Academy
Chandigarh, December 16
East Bengal defeated SBHS Football Academy of Punjab by 1-0 in the finals of the Manchester United Premier Cup 2008 North-East Zone Qualifying Football (under 15) Tournament at the Football Stadium, Sector 17, here today.


Players in action during the Manchester United Premier Cup ’2008 tournament at Football Stadium, Sector 17, Chandigarh on Sunday.
— A Tribune photograph

Players in action during the Manchester United Premier Cup ’2008 tournament at Football Stadium, Sector 17, Chandigarh

Deepak wins district carrom tourney
Chandigarh, December 16
Deepak of AG, Haryana lifted the Men’s Singles crown beating Prikshit Vashisht of Bhavan Vidalaya, Sector 15, Panchkula by 25-3, 25-4 in the 6th Panchkula District Carrom Tournament organised by District Carrom Association, which concluded at Saupin’s School, Sector 9, Panchkula, here today.

Kulbir wins 10 km event
Chandigarh, December 16
Kulbir Kaur of Shri Guru Gobind Singh College won the 10 km mass start race in the open girl’s category while the Akshat Narang of Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 35, won the 15 km mass start race in Boys above 17 years category in the Chandigarh Road Cycling Races organised by Chandigarh Amateur Cycling Association at Sukhna Lake Club, here today.

PU lads clinch rowing title
Chandigarh, December 16
Panjab University, Chandigarh, won the All India Inter-University Rowing Championship for men with 26 points. The meet was held at Sukhna Lake here today. Kerala University and Punjabi University jointly occupied the second position with 16 points each.

Premier Hockey League from Dec 20
Chandigarh, December 16
After ICL cricket carnival, now it will be the national game griping the spirits of the city’s sports lovers. For India’s number one domestic hockey tournament-Premier Hockey League, starting from December 20 at Hockey Stadium, Sector 42, here.

Cricket camp from Dec 20
Chandigarh, December 16
Association for Twenty20 Cricket (Haryana) will organised a four-day camp from December 20, 2007 at Gurukul Public School Sector 20, Panchkula. The list of probables for coaching camp for the upcoming U/17 nationals to be held in Chennai.

Arjun leads Vivek High School to win
Chandigarh, December 16
A deadly spell by Arjun Singla (4 for 9) helped Vivek High XI to beat Vivek High Asian Cricket Academy by 3 wickets in the 1st Chairman’s Trophy organised by the Vivek High Asian Cricket Academy. The match was played at Vivek High School ground in Sector 38 here.

NEIGHBOURHOOD

MC Poll Today
BJP to field candidate against SAD nominee
Fatehgarh Sahib, December 16
The district unit of the BJP has decided to field its own candidate against the SAD nominee for the election to the post of president of the Sirhind-Fatehgarh Sahib municipal council. The decision was taken at an emergency meeting convened by the district leadership of the party here on Saturday evening.

Parking contractor issued show-cause notice
Kharar, December 16
Neeraj, parking contractor at the Kharar judicial complex, has been slapped with a show-cause notice for fleecing visitors. Acting on the complaint of visitors to the complex, SDM R.K. Gupta issued a show cause notice to Neeraj seeking an explanation on the issue.


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