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Sec 17 losing trees to pilferers
Chandigarh, December 29
While the Chandigarh administration has set up “Greening Chandigarh Task Force”, which is entrusted with the task of greening the city, it is oblivious to the fact that trees are being pilfered right from the heart of the city i.e. Sector 17.
Stumps are all that is left of these trees that once stood in Sector 17, Chandigarh.
Stumps are all that is left of these trees that once stood in Sector 17, Chandigarh.—Tribune photo by Manoj Mahajan

Mayoral Poll
2 BSP councillors join Cong
Chandigarh, December 29
The BSP today received a major jolt when two of its councillors joined the Congress just two days ahead of the mayoral election. Ram Sumer Morya and Vijay Singh Rana of the BSP announced their decision to quit their party and join the Congress. Blaming the changing policies of the BSP.
BSP councillors Ram Sumer Morya and Vijay Singh Rana being welcomed by union finance minister Pawan Bansal and PPCC president B.B. Behl after they joined the Congress in Chandigarh on Saturday.
BSP councillors Ram Sumer Morya and Vijay Singh Rana being welcomed by union finance minister Pawan Bansal and PPCC president B.B. Behl after they joined the Congress in Chandigarh on Saturday.—Tribune photo by Manoj Mahajan 

CBSE goes online for pupils in distress
Chandigarh, December 29
The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) has come up with a helpline for students coping with examination fever or looking to build concentration while studying.




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COMMUNITY

Her dream to revisit Shimla remained a dream
Chandigarh, December 29
Pakistan’s former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto’s death has given birth to not just short messages of condolence on the mobile phones of city residents, but also to the recollections of brief meetings and glimpses of the “dynamic woman”.

Sukhna will wear new look
Chandigarh, December 29 Come January 31, the city will wake up to a new Sukhna Lake. At least that’s what the UT administration promises to offer as it moves ahead with plans to spruce up the lake. Among the new features will be a renovated Mermaid restaurant, which could never take off. 

What are Bollywood stars planning for New Year’s Eve?
As New Year’s Eve rolls in, the Bollywood brigade is planning to whoop it up in different ways. While Priyanka Chopra, Suniel Shetty and Sonam Kapoor plan to make it a family affair, Bipasha Basu, Malaika Arora will entertain their fans with performances and others like Tusshar Kapoor are going to welcome New Year with work.
HOMEWARD BOUND: Women on the way home with sheaves of twigs on their heads for use as firewood.
HOMEWARD BOUND: Women on the way home with sheaves of twigs on their heads for use as firewood. —Tribune photo by Vicky Gharu

Mauli Jagran to get bus shelter soon
Chandigarh, December 29
Mauli Jagran village located on the border of Panchkula would soon get a bus shelter, community centre and sampark centre. This was announced by adviser to the UT administrator Pradip Mehra during his visit to the village yesterday. The adviser took note of various problems faced by the villagers.

Police all set to deal with hooligans
Panchkula, December 29
The district police is all set to rein in drunken drivers and hooligans on the New Year’s Eve.
A child from a slum draws a picture during a talent hunt programme at the ongoing New Year Chandigarh Festival on Saturday.
A child from a slum draws a picture during a talent hunt programme at the ongoing New Year Chandigarh Festival on Saturday.—Tribune photo by Manoj Mahajan

City hoteliers lure New Year revellers
Chandigarh, December 29 City hoteliers are offering more than just a cocktail of wine, music and scrumptious snacks on New Year’s Eve. They are also dishing out special offers on a platter for making the big day better for the revellers.

Beware, gas geysers can be fatal
Panchkula, December 29
The city witnessed two deaths in the bathrooms during the past week. A young girl in Sector 32, Chandigarh, was found unconscious in the bathroom on December 14. Three more persons at Doraha near Ludhiana were found unconscious under similar conditions. One thing common in all these cases was a gas geyser, which was installed in the bathrooms.

No ‘out of the ordinary’ activity along Indo-Pak border
Chandigarh, December 29
The assassination of Bhutto and subsequent developments in Pakistan could have long term implications for regional security, but, there had been no immediate impact on the prevailing situation along the international border and the line of control (LoC).
Chandigarh police personnel conduct checks during a special drive in Sector 22, on Saturday.
Chandigarh police personnel conduct checks during a special drive in Sector 22, on Saturday. — Tribune photo by Pradeep Tewari
Members of the Sri Rameshwaram Ram Setu Raksha Manch leave for Delhi to take part in the Sankalp Mahasabha to be held on December 30.
Members of the Sri Rameshwaram Ram Setu Raksha Manch leave for Delhi to take part in the Sankalp Mahasabha to be held on December 30. —A Tribune photograph
Birds make their way back to their homes on Saturday.
Birds make their way back to their homes on Saturday. —Tribune photo by Vicky Gharu

DAV College BPEd row: Committee formed
Chandigarh, December 29
Raji P. Shrivastava, director, Higher Education, Chandigarh, constituted a committee to discuss the feasibility and viability of shifting BPEd III students of DAV College, Sector 10, to Government College, Sector 11, here.

New Year
Special kids in for surprises
Chandigarh, December 29
The New Year will ring in a few surprises for the severely-disabled children. With a view to integrate them with the mainstream, the Government Institute for Mentally Retarded Children (GIMRC), Sector 32, has chalked out an ambitious plan.

All-India Rose Show
PGI horticulture dept wins maximum prizes
Chandigarh, December 29
The horticulture wing of the Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER) won the maximum number of prizes in the All-India Winter Rose Show held at New Delhi recently.

Worker killed in factory mishap
Panchkula, December 29
A worker was killed and another got injured when the machine they were trying to move slipped and fell on them at a factory here last night.

Govt lifts stay on development estimates worth Rs 2.5 cr
Mohali, December 29
Stay on estimates for development works worth nearly Rs 2.50 crore, cleared by the municipal council in March, has been lifted by the department of local government, Punjab.

Engineer asked to look into encroachment
Zirakpur, December 29
Executive officer of the municipal council R.K. Mittal has asked the council’s engineer K.R. Verma to look into a complaint regarding the construction of a boundary wall by promoters of Rishi Apartments.

Books released at kavi darbar
Dera Bassi, December 29
The Punjabi Sahi Sabha, in collboratoin with the Rotary Club, organised a ‘kavi darbar’ here today. G.S. Sidhu Damdami, editor of Punjabi Tribune, was the chief guest on the occasion.

44 donate blood
Chandigarh, December 29
Krishan Mohan, home secretary, inaugurated a blood donation camp at the Hotel Aroma today. The camp was organised by the Darshan Darvesh Foundation in association with the Rotary Club of Chandigarh.

Appointed
Chandigarh, December 29
Jaspal Soni, resident of Sector 45, Chandigarh, has been appointed as the president of SC/ST cell of Nationalist Congress Party, Chandigarh. — TNS

Letters


 
CRIME

4 vehicles stolen
Chandigarh, December 29
Four vehicles, including a car and SUV, were stolen from different parts of the city in the past 48 hours.


 
EDUCATION

Education still eludes 6,000
Dept plans sops to attract schoolchildren
Chandigarh, December 29
More than 6,000 children are not part of formal or informal education in Chandigarh, the place that is known to be the education hub.

VC proposes institute on a par with IIM
Chandigarh, December 29
After an inspiring year, the Panjab University is all set to usher in the New Year with a gamut of new courses, projects and schemes.

Sanjay school clarifies affiliation status
Chandigarh, December 29
In response to the news ‘Sanjay Public School faces disaffiliation’, the authorities clarified that the school at Sector 44, has got CBSE affiliation valid till March 31, 2008, which is renewable in due course of procedure and time.

City lecturers present papers in DU
Chandigarh, December 29
Dr Purnendu Ranjan and Dr Prashant Gaurav, lecturers in history departments of the Government College for Girls-42 and Government College-46, respectively, presented their papers in the three-day paper reading sessions of the 68th Indian History Congress at Delhi University.

From Schools & Colleges
300 participate in environment awareness programme
Mohali, December 29
Jan Shikshan Sansthan (JSS), Mohali, organised an awareness programme on the relevance of environment protection on its campus. More than 300 students of various vocational courses along with rural men and women participated in the programme which was organised with the purpose of creating awareness among the people, particularly youth, on the need and relevance of environment protection.


 
CULTURE

‘File Chaldi Rahi’ reflects realities of babudom
Chandigarh, December 29
Creative Cultural Society in association with the NZCC presented a slice of pristine Punjabi folklore music and dances at the Kalagram open air theatre. The highlight of the captivating programme was staging of a satirical comedy play "File Chaldi Rahi" which brought into focus the tragic situation prevailing in the working system of babudom. “File Chaldi Rahi” reflected the twisting of rules by officials to serve their personal ends.

‘Mukhar Hua Maun’ released
Chandigarh, December 29
A Hindi poetry book "Mukhar Hua Maun" authored by Vimal Bhatia was released at a literary function held at the government museum auditorium here today.


 
SPORTS

Looking Ahead
Mega sports events lined up for next year
Chandigarh, December 29
After witnessing 2007 full of sports activities, the sports authorities of the tricity are all set to welcome the coming 2008 with diary full of top-class international tournaments along with regular sports events.

Ten-year-old Laxman sells popcorn during the Premier Hockey League match at the Hockey Stadium, Sector 42, in Chandigarh.
Ten-year-old Laxman sells popcorn during the Premier Hockey League match at the Hockey Stadium, Sector 42, in Chandigarh.—Tribune photo by Pradeep Tewar

Avipreet thrashes Vaibhav
Chandigarh, December 29
Avipreet Singh beat Vaibhav Rattan by 6-3 in the opening day of the 3rd St. Peter Tennis Tournament being played at St. Peter School, Sector 37, here today.

Airtel, Spice set up final date
Chandigarh, December 29
Airtel and Spice set up a title clash in the second Fun Cricket Tournament 2007 being held at the cricket stadium in Sector 16 today.

U-19 cricket team finish second
Chandigarh, December 29
The city’s under-19 cricket team finished runners-up in the National School Games 2007-08 that concluded on December 28 at New Delhi.

‘Women hockey not weak’
Chandigarh, December 29
PHL should be introduced for Women hockey players also, said Mamta Kharab, captain of the Indian Women Hockey team. Mamta came to the Hockey stadium to watch the match between Bangalore Hi-Fliers and Chennai Veerans of the ongoing Premier Hockey League.

Mamta Kharab watches a PHL match at the hockey stadium, Sector 42, in Chandigarh on Saturday. — Tribune photo by Pradeep Tewari 

Mamta Kharab watches a PHL match at the hockey stadium, Sector 42, in Chandigarh on Saturday.

O.P. Bhardwaj Positive attitude is the key to victory
Chandigarh, December 29
Psychology is the key in boxing these days, if a boxer doesn’t have a positive attitude he can’t perform well, says O.P. Bhardwaj, who is the 1st Dronacharya Awardee of boxing.

Boxers’ bout with organisers’ apathy
Chandigarh, December 29
With the mercury dipping, players participating in the All-India A.K. Mishra Memorial Boxing Championship have been provided with only one blanket per player, which is upsetting the boxers.
In case of cold, players have to do with only one blanket. 

Pugilists in action during A.K. Mishra boxing championship in Chandigarh on Saturday. — Tribune photo BY Vinay Malik

Pugilists in action during A.K. Mishra boxing championship in Chandigarh on Saturday.

Birla beat SMPL by 43 runs
Chandigarh, December 29
Birla beat SMPL today in the 8th Cry Cadence Corporate Cricket Challenge being played at DAV SSS-8-C, Chandigarh. SMPL won the toss and elected to field. The Birla team set a target of 193 runs. In response, SMPL got all out at 150 in 18.4 overs. —TNS

 

ADMINISTRATION

PGI selections for Prof’s post under cloud
Chandigarh, December 29
The selection criteria followed by the premier Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGI) here has come under a cloud with the institute allegedly following two sets of rules for the selection to the post of professor in various departments giving rise to anomalies in the seniority list.


NEIGHBOURHOOD


Winners of a quiz contest organised on the occasion of the 75th birth anniversary of Dhiru Bhai Ambani in Rajpura on Friday.
Winners of a quiz contest organised on the occasion of the 75th birth anniversary of Dhiru Bhai Ambani in Rajpura on Friday. — A Tribune photograph

Four minors ‘tortured’ at police post
Ambala, December 29
Residents of Jiwan Nagar, Ambala City, today protested against the illegal confinement and alleged physical torture of four minors by the Model Town police after they were picked up from the colony for alleged theft.

HVPN cashier shot at
Ambala, December 29
Two motorcycle-borne youths shot at Ved Prakash, cashier of the HVPN, near Model Town at Ambala City today noon and made an unsuccessful attempt to snatch his cash bag. The cashier sustained bullet injuries on the right side of his chest.

Police shies away from registering theft cases
Nangal (Ropar), December 29
The police is not registering FIRs of thefts in the area in an effort to keep the number of cases in the area under wraps.

Boy hit by truck, dies
Ambala, December 29
Gurvinder Singh (15) of Ambala city was killed when a truck hit him near Sector 8 this morning.



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