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5 marla plot goes for Rs 61.50 lakh
NRI hand pushes up land prices
Chandigarh, December 17
The continuous slide of the dollar is prompting US-based non-resident Indian (NRIs) to invest in real estate in India. The trend was evident at today’s auction of residential plots by the estate office with competitive bidding by NRIs pushing land prices to a new high.

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RTI Act
UT admn trips on babus’ tours
Chandigarh, December 17
Fiftyfive days after the UT administration was asked to provide details of public money spent on foreign tours of its key officials under the Right to Information Act, there has been no response till date.

Entrance Test Forms
You can bank on agents
Chandigarh, December 17
Yet again, forms for the All-India Engineering Entrance Exams (AIEEE), scheduled to be held next year, have become a source of making money for city black marketeers-thanks to the mismanagement on the part of the CBSE authorities.


Dejected parents outside the Syndicate Bank in Sector 17, Chandigarh, on Monday. Dejected parents outside the Syndicate Bank in Sector 17, Chandigarh, on Monday. — A Tribune photograph




EARLIER STORIES

Sector-18 resident Mrs Gladrags
Chandigarh, December 17
Madhavi Awasthi, a resident of Sector 18, Chandigarh, has emerged winner in the grand finale of Gladrags Mrs India contest 2008 held on December 15 in Mumbai. She was crowned by celebrity judges Malaika Arora Khan and John Abraham.

COMMUNITY

Consumer forum pulls up registrars
Delay in payment of fine for harassment over birth certificate
Chandigarh, December 17
The registrar, additional registrar and chief registrar, births and deaths, have been pulled up by the District Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum-I. It told them that they had made false assertions amounting to criminal offence for which they can be prosecuted. But, taking lenient view, the forum has refrained itself from doing so.

The Prime Minister, Dr Manmohan Singh, being received by Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal and Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda at the Chandigarh airport during his brief halt in the city on Monday.
The Prime Minister, Dr Manmohan Singh, being received by Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal and Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda at the Chandigarh airport during his brief halt in the city on Monday. The PM was on his way to attend an election rally in Himachal Pradesh. — Tribune photo by Manoj Mahajan

Italy to tap Punjab’s manpower
Chandigarh, December 17
Punjab is prepared to provide the skilled manpower to meet the industrial requirement of Italy and will welcome the Italian industry to partner in training and skill development to tap the unemployed manpower in Punjab.

Delay in post-mortem sparks protest
Chandigarh, December 17
The alleged delay in the conduct of post-mortem by the PGI and Government Multi-Specialities Hospital (GMSH), Sector 16, authorities today sparked off a protest by relatives of the deceased.

Office tiff affects pension seekers
Mohali, December 17
Lack of coordination between the SDM office here and the Municipal Council has become a source of distress to hundreds of those who had applied for pension under various schemes in the township.

This child seems to be more interested in the spectacles of Santa Claus than in the tune he plays at a shop in Sector 11, Chandigarh.
EYE CONTACT: This child seems to be more interested in the spectacles of Santa Claus than in the tune he plays at a shop in Sector 11, Chandigarh. — Tribune photo by Pradeep Tewari

Wedding revellers face fire threat, courtesy GMADA
Mohali, December 17
Human life seems to have little importance for the GMADA authorities. For, if it had, they would not have exposed hundreds of persons attending functions during the on-going wedding season at community centres to a grave fire risk.

Army eye camp in Lebanon
Chandigarh, December 17
As part of ongoing humanitarian assistance being rendered by the Indian contingent deployed in Lebanon, a weeklong free eye-check-up camp was organised for people of South Lebanon.

Heroes of Battle of Basantar remembered
Chandigarh, December 17
The Black Arrow brigade of the Western Command commemorated its Battle Honour day, signifying victory in the 1971 Indo-Pak war, by paying homage to martyrs and honouring the war heroes somewhere in the western sector over the past two days.

Delimitation of Wards
BJP to approach administration
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.

Haphazard parking: 2 contractors challaned
Chandigarh, December 17
With haphazard parking at various places in the city posing troubles to daily commuters, the Chandigarh Municipal Corporation swung into action today and conducted a drive in Sector 22 and Sector 17 markets to check the menace.

3 scientists of PGI get awards
Chandigarh, December 17
Three scientists of the PGI have brought laurels to the city by winning prestigious awards.

Local PRSI chapter awarded
Chandigarh, December 17
The Chandigarh chapter of the Public Relations Society of India (PRSI) was presented with the PRSI National Award 2007 for performance excellence for the second year in succession at the recently concluded 29th All-India PR Conference held at Chennai.

Renuka B. Salwan, chairperson of the Chandigarh chapter of the Public Relations Society of India, receives the PRSI National Award 2007 at Chennai. — A Tribune photograph
Renuka B. Salwan, chairperson of the Chandigarh chapter of the Public Relations Society of India, receives the PRSI National Award 2007 at Chennai.

2.47 million AIDS victims in India: Health ministry
Mohali, December 17
A one-day workshop on HIV/AIDS was organised by the Punjab State AIDS Control Society under the chairmanship of T.R. Sarangal, secretary, health and family welfare, Punjab, and project director for 57 medical officers of district civil hospitals, sub-divisional hospitals and medical colleges of Punjab.

Car dealers offer a lot to beckon customers
Chandigarh, December 17
If you are planning to buy a car by this year-end, car dealers have a lot to offer to you.

Nek Chand inaugurates petrol station
Chandigarh, December 17
Creator of Rock Garden Nek Chand inaugurated a petrol station and ‘In and Out’ outlet in Sector 4 here today.

Blood donation camp today
Panchkula, December 17
Allied Institute of Hotel Management and Culinary Arts, Panchkula, will be organising blood donation camp on the Institute premises tomorrow.


This is how Sector 10 Arts College looked when Le Corbusier built it.

Artful Damage

This is how Sector 10 Arts College looked when Le Corbusier built it. It fell on bad days, and last year some of its square blocks fell off (top). It just lay there till a couple of days ago it was thought proper to simply cart them away in view of sundry celebrations concerning the French architect who planned Chandigarh (bottom right). Renewed interest in the missing links — The very latest: The squares have ended up as pedestals for sculptors by college students. — Tribune photos by Vinay Malik
The squares have ended up as pedestals for sculptors by college students. It just lay there till a couple of days ago

 
CRIME

Man held for theft of cheques
Chandigarh, December 17
One person was arrested for allegedly stealing cash and cheques amounting to thousands of rupees from a motor company in Industrial Area. The accused Yashpal was nabbed after he was trying to encash the cheques in a bank here today.

 
BUSINESS

ICICI Pru, postal dept ink pact
Chandigarh, December 17
ICICI Prudential Life announced its partnership with India Post in a press conference here today. The aim is to provide its customers the convenience of utilising the vast network of India Post in Punjab.

Dish TV launches Minikids TV
Chandigarh , December 17
North zone head of Dishtv Manjit Singh launched ‘Minikids TV’, educational games for kids, here on Monday.

 
EDUCATION

Students want to jog, but not pay for it
Students of Dev Samaj College for Women exercise at the newly opened gym on Monday. Chandigarh, December 17
A state-of-the-art gymnasium was opened in the hostel of Dev Samaj College for Women, Sector 45-B, here today. Chairperson of the college management committee Satyawati inaugurated the gym, which is well-equipped with 15 machines, including treadmill, jogger, twister, cycle, vibrator, weight-lifting dumbles, abdominal board, chin up bar and stepper etc.

Students of Dev Samaj College for Women exercise at the newly opened gym on Monday. — A Tribune photograph

GGDSD College gets free library service
Chandigarh, December 17
GGDSD College is once again in the news. This time, the college has been selected by the University Grants Commission (UGC) for INFLIBNET service free of cost.

PU Notes
Symposium on adult education
Chandigarh, December 17
Regional Resource Centre (RRC) for Adult and Continuing Education organised a symposium on convergence of development schemes with literacy programme at Panjab University today. About 50 participants, including BDO, BDPO, panchayat secretaries and sarpanches, from different blocks of 15 districts of Punjab attended the symposium.

From Schools & Colleges
Chandigarh
CAMP: A 10-day NSS camp was organised at Dev Samaj College of Education, Sector 36, here today. The camp was inaugurated by chief guest Dr C.L. Narang, director, youth employment, Punjab Red Cross Society. The inaugural task was undertaken at Butrela village.

KV celebrates foundation day
Chandigarh, December 17
Kendriya Vidyalaya, Zirakpur, celebrated its foundation day on school premises. Branch manager of the Bank of Baroda, S.K. Gupta, was the chief guest. He gave away prizes to the winners of sports meet.

Prof S.C. Mishra memorial lecture
Mohali, December 17
Dr Rajesh Kochhar, Professor of Pharmaceutical Heritage, National Institute of Pharmaceutical Education and Research, here, has been invited to deliver the prestigious Prof S.C. Mishra Memorial Lecture at the Indian History Congress to be held in Delhi University from December 28-30, 2007.

COURTS

Sidhu leads Bar council poll
Chandigarh, December 17
Punjab and Haryana High Court advocate Dr Anmol Rattan Sidhu is leading with 731 votes in the first round of the Punjab and Haryana Bar Council elections.

 
SPORTS

Tennis
Garry Singh enters second round
Chandigarh, December 17
In all Chandigarh affair, Garry Singh Amor, a student of DAV Model School, Sector 15, got the better of Pankaj Kumar (3-6, 6-4, 6-3) in a well-contested first-round boy’s under-16 match on the opening day of the AITA Talent Series Tennis Championship at CLTA courts, Sector 10, here today.





Top seed Garry Singh of DAV School-15, Chandigarh, returns a shot against Pankaj during under-16 AITA talent series at CLTA on Monday. — Tribune photo by Pradeep Tewari

Top seed Garry Singh of DAV School-15, Chandigarh, returns a shot against Pankaj during under-16 AITA talent series at CLTA on Monday.


NEIGHBOURHOOD


A young girl performs at the 14th Haryana Rajya Yuva Utsav in Ambala on Monday.
A young girl performs at the 14th Haryana Rajya Yuva Utsav in Ambala on Monday. — A Tribune photograph

Saras Mela concludes with folk dances
Patiala, December 17
Appreciation for artisans who took part in the 12-day long Saras Mela flowed in abundance as the festival concluded on a vibrant note at the Sheesh Mahal, here today.

BJP boycotts MC election to mark protest
Fatehgarh Sahib, December 17
After remaining without a president for almost three months, the Sirhind-Fatehgarh Sahib municipal council, today got a new head. SAD councillor Sher Singh was elected president of the civic body despite the alliance partner BJP boycotting the elections to register their protest against the Sirhind MLA.

IMA organises cancer awareness programme
Patiala, December 17
The Patiala branch of Indian Medical Association today organised a Continuous Medical Education (CME) Programme on Cancer under the leadership of its president Dr D.S. Bhullar which was attended by 120 doctors, here today. Speaking on the occasion, Dr Navdeep Singh, a renowned medical oncologist and cancer specialist from Apollo Hospital Ludhiana, elaborated latest techniques used for treating cancer and said treatment of cancer is a team-work and dedicated efforts of all team members can give best to the patient.

A man takes a nap on a bright sunny day in Ambala on Monday.
A man takes a nap on a bright sunny day in Ambala on Monday. — A Tribune photograph

TV stars stumped by Punjabi hospitality
Fatehgarh Sahib, December 17
The cast and crew of Veerawali, a TV serial being shot for a national Hindi channel, which came here to shoot at some of the striking sites in the historical town of Sirhind, are all bowled over by warm Punjabi hospitality.

48 units of blood collected
Kharar, December 17
A blood donation camp was organised by Shaheed Udham Singh Blood Donors Club, Kharar, and Dashmesh Youth Services club, Malakpur, along with Blood Bank, Civil Hospital, Kharar, at village Malakpur here. Dr Jai Singh from Civil Hospital Kharar inaugurated the camp.

5 booked for kidnapping minor
Dera Bassi, December 17
The police here has booked five persons, including a woman, on the charges of kidnapping a minor girl of Saidpura village here.

Commando’s body found in Saharanpur
Ambala, December 17
A police commando’s body, who had gone missing from Barara yesterday evening, was recovered from Saharanpur early this morning.

Anmol Malhotra best batsman
Patiala, December 17
DMW beat Black Elephant (MES) Cricket Club, Patiala, by 28 runs in the first Punjab Today Foundation Cup played at the Military Ground and clinched the trophy here today.


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