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Bhutto’s Assassination
Security up in Mohali

Mohali, December 27
The police stepped up vigil in the district this evening following a high alert announced by the Punjab police in wake of the assassination of Pakistan leader Benazir Bhutto.

Ghazal singer Pankaj Udhas performs at Chandigarh Club on Thursday People who came to listen to him in a state of shock after listening to the news of the assassination of Benazir Bhutto on a television palced near the entrance of the club.
Ghazal singer Pankaj Udhas performs at Chandigarh Club on Thursday; and (Right) People who came to listen to him in a state of shock after listening to the news of the assassination of Benazir Bhutto on a television palced near the entrance of the club. —Tribune photos by Vinay Malik 

New Year revelry —at a price
Chandigarh, December 27
As the countdown to the New Year’s Eve begins, hoteliers are back to remind us that celebrations come for a price. If you wish to soak in revelry, get ready to shell out big bucks this year.

Badal’s securitymen roughed up PCR cops
Mohali, December 27
Securitymen of the Punjab CM reportedly bullied and roughed up two PCR constables on duty near the Phase IX liquor vend on December 24.

Cyber Crime
Watch out for junk lottery emails
Chandigarh, December 27
With the launch of a cyber crime cell today, the police issued advisories to residents not to get lured by mails that say you have won a huge amount in a lottery.

Mullanpur NAC gets rolling
Mohali, December 27
The first meeting of Punjab government officials to consider the setting up of the Mullanpur Garibdass notified area committee (NAC) was held today.




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COMMUNITY

Bhutto’s assassination hits maestro’s show
Chandigarh, December 27
As ghazal maestro Pankaj Udhas regaled the audience with his singing at Chandigarh Club in Sector 1 late this evening, there was yet another center of attraction for the large number of listeners who flocked the club.

Roadside eateries a nuisance for Sec-22 residents
Chandigarh, December 27
The municipal corporation is least bothered about the inconvenience being caused to the residents of Sector 22-B by roadside eateries. The people living behind the showrooms in the sector are facing problems like illegal parking of private buses and nuisance being caused by drunkards.

Roadside eateries are causing inconvenience to the residents of Sector 22. —Tribune photo by Manoj Mahajan

Roadside eateries are causing inconvenience to the residents of Sector 22.

‘House owners flouting PG rules
Chandigarh, December 27
The Federation of Sector Welfare Associations (FOSWAC) today complained to the Chandigarh administration about the inhuman living conditions prevailing at paying guest (PG) accommodations and the trouble these PGs were causing to residents living in the neighbourhood.
Little champs perform at Plaza, Sector 17, during Chandigarh New Year Festival on Thursday.
Little champs perform at Plaza, Sector 17, during Chandigarh New Year Festival on Thursday. —Tribune photos by Manoj Mahajan

29-year-old wins laurels in Germany
Chandigarh, December 27
City lad Navneet Singh Narula (29) has been honoured as top management and IT executive of 2007 at the International Business Awards held in Munich, Germany.

6-yr-old run over by truck
Zirakpur, December 27
Kunal, a six-year-old boy from Karnal, was run over by a speeding truck on the Kalka chowk here this afternoon. The victim died in front of his parents who were helping him cross the road when the accident took place. Kunal had come with his parents to meet his uncle who lives in Panchkula.
An NCC cadet tries his hand at para sailing during a 10-day NCC camp in Ambala on Thursday
An NCC cadet tries his hand at para sailing during a 10-day NCC camp in Ambala on Thursday. —Tribune photo by Kamal Sachar

Prof Mehra dead
Chandigarh, December 27
Prof Y.N. Mehra, former dean and head, Department of Otolaryngology at the PGI here, passed away today after a brief illness. Professor Mehra, who joined the PGI on December 26, 1961, established the Department of E.N.T. at the PGI. He has the distinction of starting the first neuro-otology laboratory in the country.

Run Kranthi Express twice
a week: Samajam

Mohali, December 27
Members of the Malayalee Samajam, Mohali, highlighted the problems faced by the passengers of Kerala Sampark Kranthi Express, which runs from Chandigarh to Kochuveli, Kerala, here today.

Hi-tech fire-fighting vehicles for
Mohali soon

Mohali, December 27
A proposal to purchase three hi-tech fire-fighting vehicles at a cost of over Rs 6 crore will be discussed at the monthly meeting of the municipal council to be held on December 31.
Cuckoo sings as flowers bloom in a park in Mohali.
Cuckoo sings as flowers bloom in a park in Mohali. —Tribune photo by Vicky Gharu

Year Ahead
Police to step up vigilance
Mohali, December 27
The year 2007 has ended on a dismal note for the SAS Nagar police. With three unsolved murders, hundreds of lives lost in road accidents and recovery of at least one unidentified body everyday during the year end, the police clearly failed to establish a sturdy system in the new district.

Protest by FCI staff
Threaten to go on strike in February
Chandigarh, December 27
Employees of the district office of the Food Corporation of India (FCI), Chandigarh, along with the employees of the corporation’s regional offices in Punjab, today held a demonstration in support of their demands at their regional office in Sector 31 here.

Chairman’s selection might take dept to court
Chandigarh, December 27
The selection of the chairman of the department of mass communication of Panjab University is likely to end up in court with a former chairman of the department, Prof Sanjay Wadwalkar, serving a legal notice on the university.

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CRIME

Sector-35 parking contractor booked
Chandigarh, December 27
The police has booked the contractor of the Sector-35 parking lot for criminal breach of trust following a car theft from his parking lot. According to the police, Sarabjit Singh Chawla of Ludhiana lodged a complaint that his Ford Fiesta car (PB-10-RA-0045) was stolen from the paid parking lot of the outer market of Sector 35-C on Wednesday. The police registered a case of criminal breach of trust under Section 406 of the Indian Penal Code.


 
EDUCATION

NCTE relaxes qualification for B.Ed college lecturers
Chandigarh, December 27
In a significant development, the National Council of Teachers Training (NCTE), New Delhi, has issued new norms and standards for secondary teachers education programme (B.Ed). With this, the NCTE has tried to tide over the crisis being faced by education colleges throughout the country.

From Schools and Colleges
DAV students celebrate New Year in a unique way
Mohali, December 27
In their bid to celebrate the onset of the new year in a unique way, students of DAV Public Senior Secondary School, Phase X, resolved to do their bit for taking education to the doorsteps of the underprivileged. A chosen group of students under the prestigious ‘Shradha’ project of the school visited the children of deprived sections at the local labour colonies to exhort them to join free-of-cost classes run by the school on its premises in the coming academic session. 


COURTS

Consumer Forum
Truck driver asked to pay damages
Chandigarh, December 27
The District Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum-I has directed Tejinder Singh Rikhi to pay Rs 20,000 to Sector-20 resident Devinder Singh whose car met with an accident with the former’s truck. The truck owner has also been asked to pay Rs 2,100 as costs of litigation.


 
CULTURE

Devayani performs in Chandigarh on Thursday. Tribune photo: Manoj Mahajan French Bharatnatyam exponent charms audience
Chandigarh, December 27
It was indeed a rich tribute to the majesty of Indian classical dances, especially Bharatnatyam that a French national, Devyani had not only mastered the realm of this dance genre but completely devoted her life for its propagation the world over, as a cultural ambassador.


HEALTH

PET scan at PGI to enable early cancer detection
Chandigarh, December 27
Potential cancer patients can breath easy as the cancer detection techniques are set to be revolutionised at the PGI here.

Mohali doc performs surgery at CSI conference
Mohali, December 27
Dr G.S. Kalra, director cardiology, Fortis Hospital, was recently invited by the Cardiology Society of India (CSI) to conduct a live ventricular septal defect (VSD) closure on eight-year-old Neerja at the CSI 59th annual conference held at Hyderabad. Over 1,500 cardiologists and physicians from across the world and India participated in the conference. A VSD surgery is a procedure to close a hole in the heart. It is a technically demanding procedure and is being done by very few cardiologists in India.


 
SPORTS

Hassan, Akanksha to lead city teams
Tribune News Service
Chandigarh, December 27 Mohammad Hassan and Aakanksha would lead boys' and girls' teams of the city, respectively, in the 36th edition of junior national and inter-state carrom championship, to be held from December 30 to January 4 at Coimbatore. 

Local pugilist dominates on day 2
Chandigarh, December 27
Local pugilist Paramjeet Singh knocked down Satish Solanki of Haryana in the second day of the 15th All-India A.K. Misra Memorial Boxing Championship being played at the Skating Rink, Sector 10, here today. In flyweight category, local pugilist Mukesh Kumar beat Manoj Kumar of Uttar Pradesh.

Players in action during the A.K. Mishra Boxing Championship in Chandigarh on Thursday. —Tribune photo by Pradeep Tewari

Players in action during the A.K. Mishra Boxing Championship in Chandigarh on Thursday.

S.B. Tamang Such championships help in polishing skills
Chandigarh, December 27
These championships have helped me a lot to reach to the international level, said S.B. Tamang from Assam Riffles, who is participating in the ongoing 5th All-India A.K. Mishra Memorial Boxing Championship. The 20-year-old boxer, who won a silver medal in the President Cup in Indonesia and is now in the city to take part in this championship for the fourth time.

Spice make it to semis
Chandigarh, December 27
The Spice Telecom team moved into the semi finals defeating Taj team by 26 runs in 2nd Fun Cricket Tournament being held at Sector 16 Cricket Stadium, here today.


NEIGHBOURHOOD

AIDS awareness stall draws huge crowds
Fatehgarh Sahib, December 27
A large number of visitors to the development exhibition organised in the district administrative complex, showed keen interest in getting information about HIV and AIDS at a stall put up by the Punjab State AIDS Control Society. The exhibition was organised on the occasion of the annual Shaheedi Jor Mela to commemorate the supreme sacrifices of Baba Zorawar Singh, Baba Fateh Singh and Mata Gujri.


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