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Administration Turnaround
One roundabout stays, another goes
Chandigarh, December 23
Two sets of rule are guiding the administration while dealing with traffic congestions at roundabouts. It has decided to restore the roundabout at the Sector 9 and 18 junction, popularly known as Press Chowk, but at the same time is contemplating to remove the small rotary at Sectors 34 and 35 and install traffic lights there.

School tuck shops to go herbal
Fare: Nutritious pizza, samosa
Chandigarh, December 23
The health of schoolchildren has found top place on the agenda of the administration. With the help of NGOs, the education department is initiating health programmes to be launched in government schools.

Different ball game for umpires off field
Chandigarh, December 23
As players of various teams in the PHL receive the best of facilities available, umpires continue to be a neglected lot. Umpires have been facing a lot of difficulty in the absence of a changing room besides other facilities.

Tourism Growth
UT eyes Rs 5 cr central grant
Chandigarh, December 23
Close on the heels of union minister for culture and tourism Ambika Soni batting for Chandigarh’s heritage city status, more good news might be in the offing for the city’s tourism sector. The tourism industry is ready to diversify as the UT administration prepares its case for drawing more central funding for tourism development.




EARLIER STORIES

Firing in tavern, one hurt
December 23, 2007
ICICI Bank at it again
December 22, 2007
Student stabbed by classmate
December 21, 2007
Woman found dead in bathroom
December 20, 2007
Seven cops suspended
December 19, 2007
NRI hand pushes up land prices
December 18, 2007
Stars leave fans yearning for more
December 17, 2007
Leisure trip turns tragic
December 16, 2007
Remove kundis: UT
December 15, 2007
UT acts to curb illegal property transfer
December 14, 2007

A PSEB lineman at his “office” in Phase 11, Mohali. An apology for a complaint centre
Mohali, December 23
The PSEB’s complaint centre is functioning from under a tree near a flour mill in Phase XI here.
Two linemen catering to consumers of the sector and Jagatpura, Kambali and Kairon Majra villages do not have an office. Linemen Ram Singh and Devi Lal have put chairs under the tree. They receive complaints on their mobile phones and while one attends to the fault, the other sits at the “complaint centre” which remains open from 9 am to 6 pm.




A PSEB lineman at his “office” in Phase 11, Mohali. — Tribune photo by Vicky Gharu

PGI OPDs to remain closed tomorrow
Chandigarh, December 23
The OPDs of the PGI will remain closed on December 25 on account of Christmas. However, emergency services will function normally, according to a press note here.

COMMUNITY

Shoddy Probe
Dharna outside police station
Chandigarh, December 23
Residents of Colony No. 4 staged a dharna outside the Industrial Area police station this afternoon alleging shoddy investigation into a case of assault.


Irate residents of Colony No. 4 stage a protest outside the police station in Industrial Area, Chandigarh, on Sunday. — A Tribune photograph
Irate residents of Colony No. 4 stage a protest outside the police station in Industrial Area, Chandigarh, on Sunday.

Ludhiana commuters harassed at ISBT
Chandigarh, December 23
Ludhiana, Moga and Ferozepur-bound commuters have been facing a lot of trouble at ISBT, Sector 17, here due to the mismanagement on the part of the authorities.

A puddle formed on a road after a water pipe leaked near Nehru Colony in Sector 56, Chandigarh, on Sunday.
A puddle formed on a road after a water pipe leaked near Nehru Colony in Sector 56, Chandigarh, on Sunday. — Tribune photo by Vicky Gharu

UT gets proactive in combating leprosy
Chandigarh, December 23
The health department of the administration is getting "proactive" in combating leprosy. Concerned at the fact that Chandigarh is among nine "leprosy" states/union territories in India in the backdrop of the large-scale floating migratory population, the department has decided to elicit the support of the members of the Indian Medical Association (IMA) in identifying the patients at the preliminary stages.

Sadhus buying woollens at Chandigarh to get respite from cold.
Sadhus buying woollens at Chandigarh to get respite from cold. — Tribune photo

Rao inspects garbage processing plant
Chandigarh, December 23
Urging officers to expedite the work and ensuring that the garbage processing plant becomes operational within the stipulated time frame, municipal commissioner R.K. Rao inspected the site at Dadu Majra here yesterday.

About 20 pc infants die of pneumonia: Doctors
Chandigarh, December 23
About 20 per cent Indian infants below five years of age die of pneumonia, a highly-infectious disease of the lungs caused by a variety of micro organisms, causing serious concern among the medical fraternity about its diagnosis and treatment.

Major snarl-up in Panchkula
Harried motorists wait for several hours
Panchkula, December 23
People were put to a great hardship throughout the day following major traffic jams on the Ghaggar bridge, near Majri chowk as well as road leading to national highway through Sectors 3 and 25 here today.

Protest over burial ground wall demolition
The demolished boundary wall at Matour village in Mohali on Sunday.Mohali, December 23
Tension prevailed at the Matour village this morning when the boundary wall of a burial ground was found demolished from two sides. Members of a religious community gathered to protest against what they alleged was an act of residents of the village. Residents also collected at the spot and the situation tensed further.

The demolished boundary wall at Matour village in Mohali on Sunday. — Tribune photo by Vicky Gharu

BJP gears up for municipal elections
Panchkula, December 23
Enthused with the success achieved in Gujarat elections, the BJP leaders, started gearing up for the forthcoming municipal elections here today.

In Basta
Youth’s charred body not identified in 20 months
Chandigarh, December 23
The police has failed to identify a 20-year-old youth whose charred body was recovered from the wilderness near Ram Darbar and Hallo Majra on April 23, 2000, during its 20-month investigation, let alone tracing the killers.

 
CRIME

Tipsy man hits cop, booked
Chandigarh, December 23
A tipsy Morinda resident allegedly created ruckus at the ISBT, Sector 17, here tonight before hitting a head constable who was taking him to the hospital for a medical examination.

Ornaments stolen from Sector 29 temple
Chandigarh, December 23
Gold ornaments worth around Rs 20,000 were stolen from idols at a Sector 29 temple, here last night.

Kalka resident held for snatching
Chandigarh, December 23
The police has arrested a Kalka resident and recovered two stolen mobile phone and jewellery from him. The police said the accused was a habitual snatcher and was involved in eight incidents.

 
BUSINESS

Positive market trends will last: Expert
Advises investors to stay put
Chandigarh, December 23
Investment guru and chief investment officer ICICI Prudential Nilesh Shah foresees a positive future for the Indian stock market in the next three to five years. Predicting that the current trend would last for some time, he says the investors should stay invested and should make long-term plans.

 
EDUCATION

100 teachers attend workshop
Chandigarh, December 23
About 100 teachers from north India participated in the brainstorming session of the Udaan Workshop for Mentoring the Mentors held at Dolphin (PG) College of Life Sciences in Chunni Kalan, near here, yesterday.

Panjab University vice-chancellor Prof R.C. Sobti (third from left) at the PEC alumni meet in Chandigarh on Sunday. PEC alumni meet concludes
Chandigarh, December 23
The two-day engineering entrepreneurs’ conclave organised by the Punjab Engineering College Old Students’ Association (PECOSA ) concluded on the college campus in Sector 12, here today.


Panjab University vice-chancellor Prof R.C. Sobti (third from left) at the PEC alumni meet in Chandigarh on Sunday. — A Tribune photograph


Children presenting a skit during the annual day function organised by British School, Mohali, at Law Bhavan, Sector 37 in Chandigarh on Sunday.
Children presenting a skit during the annual day function organised by British School, Mohali, at Law Bhavan, Sector 3,7 in Chandigarh on Sunday. — A Tribune photograph

189 engg students get degrees
Chandigarh, December 23
“Focus on maintaining values and integrity in your career and personal life and you will be successful in whatever you do,” advised Dr S.K. Salwan, vice chancellor, Punjab Technical University, at the second annual convocation of Chitkara Institute of Engineering and Technology (CIET) today.

From Schools
Variety show by tiny tots
Chandigarh, December 23
Tiny Tots Preparatory School organised its 10th annual function at Government Museum and Arts Gallery, Sector 10, here. A variety show was presented by students. The show included items like rhymes, Desh Rangeela Rangeela, ‘Azadi Ke Diwane’ and bhangra.


COURTS

Cheque Bounce Case
Court castigates cop, acquits defendant
Chandigarh, December 23
Castigating a policeman for allegedly lending a loan to another person without bringing it to the knowledge of his department, a local court today acquitted the defendant in a cheque bounce case.

Tavern Shooting
Judicial remand for accused
Chandigarh, December 23
A local court today remanded Vinod Kumar, who allegedly shot at a youth in tavern in Mani Majra last night, in judicial custody.

 
CULTURE

Dya Singh promotes Gurbani kirtan globally
Chandigarh, December 23
“The inspired life is virtue absolute,” feels Melbourne-based maestro Dya Singh. A chartered accountant by profession and one of the best known Punjabi proponent of traditional and spiritual music has carved a niche for himself in alien lands.




Dya Singh and his daughter Parvyn recite Gurbani in Chandigarh on Sunday. — Tribune Photo by Parvesh Chuahan
Dya Singh and his daughter Parvyn recite Gurbani in Chandigarh on Sunday.

Artistes of the Suchetak Rangmanch stage ‘Kujh Taan Karo Yaro’ on the second day of the ongoing Gursharan Singh Naat Utsav at Punjab Arts Council in Chandigarh on Sunday. Satire on globalisation
Chandigarh, December 23
The Suchetak Rangmanch presented their comedy play ‘Kujh Taan Karo Yaro’ on the second day of the ongoing Gursharan Singh Naat Utsav at the auditorium of the Punjab Arts Council here today.

Artistes of the Suchetak Rangmanch stage ‘Kujh Taan Karo Yaro’ on the second day of the ongoing Gursharan Singh Naat Utsav at Punjab Arts Council in Chandigarh on Sunday. — Tribune photo by Vinay Malik

 
SPORTS

Don Prinse from Holland flanked by fans in Chandigarh on Sunday. A flick through Hindi flicks
Chandigarh, December 23
“Don ko pakarna mushkil hi nahi namumkin hai,” says Don Prinse while quoting from a famous Bollywood film ‘Don’ in broken Hindi. A centre left-out for the PHL’s Sher-e-Jalandhar, Prinse is working hard learning Hindi from his Indian teammates. He is among a few foreign players in the team and picking up Hindi film dialogues and using them when they get a chance.

Don Prinse from Holland flanked by fans in Chandigarh on Sunday. — A Tribune photograph

Performance, not big names, key: Indian hockey coach
Joaquim Carvalho Chandigarh, December 23
The Indian hockey coach Joaquim Carvalho is hopeful to qualify the all-important Olympic qualifiers, scheduled to be held in March next year at Santiago, Chile. Carvalho is in town to assess the performance of the players, participating in the ongoing PHL at Hockey Stadium, Sector 42, here.
                                                                        
Joaquim Carvalho

Kuldeep takes chess crown
Chandigarh, December 23
Kuldeep Singh of Sky Hawk Times won the chess tournament organised by the Chandigarh Press Club, here today. Manmohan Singh, a freelance journalist, finished second. Carrom: 1 Arvind and Lovkesh Kumar (The Tribune); 2 Charanjit Singh (Indian Express) and Veena Ahuja.

Dharminder pedals to victory
Chandigarh, December 23
Dharminder of Chandigarh Cycling Club won the top position in the open cross country mass start race in the Chandigarh Mountain Biking Cycling competition held on a specially laid circuit in the hills adjoining Kaimbwala village here.

Vikramveer to lead city team
Chandigarh, December 23
Vikramveer will lead Chandigarh Twenty20 Cricket Team in the under-17 Twenty20 National Cricket Championship to be held at Chennai from December 27 to January 1.

Tennis tourney from Dec 29
Chandigarh, December 23
St. Peter’s open Tennis Tournament will be held from December 29, 2007, to January 3, 2008, under the following category:

GGSC win kho kho championship
Chandigarh, December 23
Guru Gobind Singh College for Women, Sector 26, Chandigarh, won the Panjab University Inter-College Kho Kho A Division (Women) championship for the year 2007-08. The meet held at PU grounds, here, today.

Vinod bags title in martial art
Chandigarh, December 23
Vinod Kumar won the -52 kg title in the inaugural Chandigarh State Championship of Sports Martial Art held at Banyan Tree School in Sector 48 here today.

NEIGHBOURHOOD

Seminar on Gandhian philosophy
Patiala, December 23
Puneet Nanda, Editor-in-Chief of the Political and Business daily, who was the chief Guest at a seminar on ‘Relevance of Gandhian thoughts in present society’ pointed out that the recent blockbuster ‘Lage Raho Munna Bhai’ had brought into focus the Gandhian values particularly among the youth.

A student performs Haryanvi dance during the annual function of police DAV School in Ambala on Sunday.
A student performs Haryanvi dance during the annual function of police DAV School in Ambala on Sunday. — Tribune photo by Kamal Sachar

Woman held for murdering husband
Ambala, December 23
District court gave life imprisonment to Amarjit Kaur on charge of murdering her husband Pavitr Singh. The court also sentenced similar imprisonment to Ravinder Singh who is said to be the beloved of Amarjit.

NIFA organises boogie-woogie
Ambala, December 23
Northern India Film Artist's Association (NIFA) organised a Boogie-Woogie show in Bal Bhawan at Ambala city last night. As many as 18 participants took part in it. Chairman media cell of HPCC Dilip Chawla Bittu, was the chief guest on this occasion. Vatika Group sponsored the show.

From Schools & Colleges
Cultural bonanza by students

Ambala, December 23
Police DAV Public School, Ambala City organised its annual prize distribution function today.

Football, hockey tournaments begin
Fatehgarh Sahib, December 23
Baba Jorawar Singh and Baba Fateh Singh Football and Kabbadi Tournaments organised by Dashmesh Sports Club got underway at Mata Gujri College here today. The tournaments, dedicated to the founder member of the club, Kirpal Singh Libra, were inaugurated by Baba Mann Singh Phowa wale.

Prabjot fashions MES victory
Patiala, December 23
Fine batting by Prabjot Singh 56 and 4 for 13 by Sukhminder Manga helped Black Elephant (MES) Cricket Club Patiala to defeat DMW (Rly) Patiala by 89 runs in the first match of 7th Dhruve Pandove Memorial (under-14) League-cum-knock out tournament played in military ground here today.

Dhurv Pandove club enter final
Patiala, December 23
Dhurv Pandove Cricket Club beat MES XI by seven wickets to enter the final of the Ram Rattan Veerji Memorial Cricket Tournament played at the ARKS School grounds here today.


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