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New land acquisition policy
Farmers seek better compensation for acquired land

Chandigarh, December 30
Giving a fresh twist to land acquisition, farmers in Chandigarh say they should be made stake holders in the lands that have been acquired since the inception of Chandigarh. The huge sums collected by way of lease money should be shared with the original land owners.

Mediclaim: Hospital says no to ‘cashless facility’
Chandigarh, December 30
The credibility of a mediclaim policy of an insurance company came under a cloud today with a Sector 34-based hospital allegedly refusing treatment to an insured person without prior payment.

Woman burnt to death while cooking food
Chandigarh, December 30
A 32-year-old woman was killed after she caught fire from a stove while preparing food at her Ram Darbar home, here this morning. The police has so far ruled out any foul play behind the death and termed it as an accident.

Parking woes at railway station
Chandigarh, December 30
The ongoing construction work at the Chandigarh railway station has added to the parking woes there. Those opting for a hired cab or an auto rickshaw are equally inconvenienced.
As the temperature decreases day by day at night, rickshawallas try to protect themselves from cold near a bonfire at the Piccadily roundabout in Sector 34, Chandigarh As the temperature decreases day by day at night, rickshawallas try to protect themselves from cold near a bonfire at the Piccadily roundabout in Sector 34, Chandigarh, on Sunday.
— Tribune photo by Vinay Malik




EARLIER STORIES

Pak hockey players’ wives agog about New Year bash
Chandigarh, December 30
It will be New Year celebrations on a different note for Kanwal Rehan Butt and Nahid Ghazanfar Ali, wives of two Pakistani hockey players, who are in the city to watch their husbands perform in the ongoing Premier Hockey League here.

Kanwal Rhan Butt (left) watches the PHL match at Hockey Stadium, Sector 42, in Chandigarh on Sunday. — Tribune photo by Vinay Malik

Kanwal Rhan Butt (left) watches the PHL match at Hockey Stadium, Sector 42, in Chandigarh

BJP on comeback trail: Advani

Chandigarh, December 30
Bharatiya Janata Party stalwart L.K. Advani, who has been recently projected by his party as the its prime ministerial candidate, was visibly upbeat today as he accused the ruling UPA government at the Centre of being “soft” on terrorism and predicted a “come back” for the BJP at the national-level. Advani was in the city on a brief stopover on his way back home from Shimla.


BJP Leader L.K. Advani (L) makes a point at a conference in Chandigarh on Sunday. Also seen in the picture is former local MP Satya Pal Jain. — A Tribune photograph


BJP Leader L.K. Advani (L) makes a point at a conference in Chandigarh

Looking Ahead — 2008
Planned cultural growth, the next logical step
Chandigarh, December 30
For a city going strong on most indicators of development, it’s natural to sit back and relax. But life desires change lest complacency squanders treasures of the past. As Chandigarh prepares to step into the New Year, it faces fresh challenges to prove that it can do well on counts other than roads and parks.

Speak for animals: PETA
Chandigarh, December 30
Paul is a beetle that was kept in a small plastic bag along with other beetles and butterflies. A volunteer of PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) noticed a schoolboy collecting tiny creatures in the bag. The volunteer took the bag from the boy and rescued Paul and others. He released them in their natural habitat. Paul’s is just one of the stories featured in Rescued Calendar - 2008 released by PETA to create awareness in public about animal welfare.



COMMUNITY

Mayoral candidates list out priorities
Chandigarh, December 30
Promising overall development, co-ordination with the administration and completion of pending projects of the Chandigarh municipal corporation, the three candidates for the mayoral poll listed out their agenda and priorities here today.
(From left) BJP candidate Gurcharan Dass Kala, BSP’s Jatinder Bhatia and Congress candidate Pradeep Chhabra at a press conference in Chandigarh on Sunday. — A Tribune photograph
(From left) BJP candidate Gurcharan Dass Kala, BSP’s Jatinder Bhatia and Congress candidate Pradeep Chhabra at a press conference in Chandigarh


BUNGEE BOY

A child enjoys on the trampoline at Sukhna Lake in Chandigarh
A child enjoys on the trampoline at Sukhna Lake in Chandigarh on Sunday. — Tribune photo by Manoj Mahajan

Mayoral Poll
Dhawan hints at alliance with BJP
To complain against ‘horse trading’ by Cong
Chandigarh, December 30
Hinting at a possibility of forming an alliance between the BSP and BJP ahead of the mayoral poll and choosing a common contesting candidate, BSP convener Harmohan Dhawan said he was holding discussions on the matter with the BJP and a possibility of a merger could not be ruled out.


Stray cattle move about in residential areas in Mohali in the absence of any solution to the problem
Stray cattle move about in residential areas in Mohali in the absence of any solution to the problem. — Tribune photo by Vicky Gharu

CPI honours 9 leaders
Chandigarh, December 30
The Chandigarh unit of the Communist Party of India (CPI) today held its 13th conference at their party office in Sector 21, here, today. As many as 140 delegates elected from 30 branches participated in the conference held under the presidium of H.S. Gambhir, Sheela Didi, Raghbir Singh Sandhu, Mohinder Sambar and Chander Shekhar.

Revised municipal electoral rolls released
Panchkula, December 30
The district administration, along with releasing the revised municipal electoral rolls, has also appointed officials in respective wards to dispose of the objections and claims of the people regarding this by January 8.

Engg dept changes plan as deadline approaches
Lays parking area with premix instead of concrete
Chandigarh, December 30
In order to meet the deadline of January 1, 2008, for shifting inter-state bus routes from ISBT, Sector 17, to ISBT, Sector 43, the UT engineering department is now laying the parking area for the buses with premix instead of concrete at the Sector-43 terminal.

Work of laying the parking area in progress at ISBT, Sector 43, in Chandigarh on Sunday.
— Tribune photo by Vinay Malik

Work of laying the parking area in progress at ISBT, Sector 43, in Chandigarh

Parking spells misery for residents
Chandigarh, December 30
Chandigarh will soon become another Bangalore if the administration continues to ignore parking problem in residential areas. The city has the highest number of four-wheelers per household. With the tenant population growing in the city, the number of cars have also seen an upswing.

Birds fly homewards as the sun sets in all its beauty in Rajpura on Sunday evening
SWEET HOME: Birds fly homewards as the sun sets in all its beauty in Rajpura on Sunday evening. — Tribune photo by J.S. Virdi

In Basta
Dimpy murder case
Law stops police from putting suspects to narco test
Chandigarh, December 30
Investigation into the high-profile murder of ‘gangster’ Prabhjinder Singh Dimpy hit a roadblock with the Chandigarh police’s inability to subject the prime suspects of the murder to the narco test.

Marriage palace bane of Baltana residents
Zirakpur, December 30
A marriage palace adjoining two residential colonies, Kalgidhar Enclave and Yog Vihar of Baltana, has become a source of continuous nuisance for the inhabitants of these colonies. Besides creating noise and air pollution, the marriage palace poses a traffic hazard due to its location on the Zirakpur-Baltana link road.

 
CRIME

Year’s Biggest Catch
10,000 bottles of IMFL seized
Mohali, December 30
In a major haul, the excise department officials today recovered approximately 10,000 bottles of Indian made foreign liquor, including beer being smuggled from Chandigarh to Punjab. The truck, carrying 900 cases, was stopped at the checkpoint on Zirakpur-Banur road.

The truck carrying smuggled IMFL in Mohali on Sunday. — Tribune photo by Vicky Gharu 


The truck carrying smuggled IMFL in Mohali

Robbers strike at Harmilap Nagar
Zirakpur, December 30
The city woke up to a daring free run of thieves in three houses in the same colony last night. They decamped with cash, jewellery and valuables worth lakhs of rupees from the houses in Harmilap Nagar.

Woman’s body found
Mohali, December 30
The body of an unidentified woman was recovered from near Ranbaxy Factory here in Industrial Area today. According to the police, the victim’s legs and arms had been tied and it seemed that the woman had been murdered.

Minor boy decamps with cash, gifts
Chandigarh, December 30
An unidentified minor boy decamped with cash, gifts and a mobile phone from the Sector-9 residence of city’s famous jeweller Anil Talwar this afternoon. A house-warming ceremony was going on when the incident took place.

8 booked for stealing electricity
Chandigarh, December 30
The police booked eight persons of Colony No. 5 on charges of stealing electricity. Jagtar Singh, SDO of the UT electricity department, reported to the police that Kala Ram, Davinder Kumar, Nimbu Lal Sharma, Sahnker, Prahlad Tiwari, Jai Singh, Ram Prakash, Ram Preet were caught stealing electricity.

 
EDUCATION

Year Ahead
Education dept plans vocational largesse
Chandigarh, December 30
To help students make appropriate choices after classes X and XII, the Chandigarh administration plans to provide good higher education and career options to them in 2008. DPI (S) S.K. Setia says the process of career planning has stretched through the secondary and senior secondary years at school.

City institutes to hold CHASCON-2008
Chandigarh, December 30
The premier institutions of the city will be jointly holding second ‘Chandigarh Science Congress’ tentatively scheduled for March 10-12, 2008, at Panjab University. In a meeting of the directors and heads of all the institutions held under the chairmanship of Prof R.C. Sobti, it was decided to organise the event collectively.

 
NEIGHBOURHOOD

Postal dept to launch commercial banking
Ambala, December 30
The postal services department has decided to launch commercial banking in post offices. K. Noorjehan, member, the postal service board, said the department had approached the Reserve Bank of India in this regard and asked for issuing a licence for commercial transactions.

Suvidha centres at village level soon
Fatehgarh Sahib, December 30
The state government has chalked out a plan to reach out to a wider section of the society by opening Suvidha centres at village levels that will provide them with computerised execution of various tasks. Chief secretary Ramesh Inder Singh stated this after he inaugurated the Citizens' Service Centre at the district headquarters here yesterday.

 
SPORTS

Army Sports Institute win A.K. Mishra title
Chandigarh, December 30
Army Sports Institute won the over-all trophy with 36 points while the runners up trophy was given to Haryana with 22 points and Indian Navy won the 3rd position with 21 points in the 15th A.K. Mishra Memorial Boxing Championship being played the Skating Rink, Sector 10, here today.
Players of the Army Sports Institute who won A.K. Mishra Boxing Championship at Skating Rink, Sector 10, in Chandigarh on Sunday.
— A Tribune photograph
Players of the Army Sports Institute who won A.K. Mishra Boxing Championship at Skating Rink, Sector 10, in Chandigarh

Raj Kumar clinches title
Chandigarh, December 30
Raj Kumar emerged as Mr Chandigarh (Junior) while Ajay Kumar bagged title of Mr Chandigarh (sub junior) in the 14th sub-junior body building championship held at DAV College, Sector 10, here today.

Hasan defeats Joanna, moves ahead
Chandigarh, December 30
Hasan Danova defeated Joanna by 6-0 to move ahead in the second round of the girls’ under-14 category in the IIIrd St Peter’s Open Tennis Tournament being played at St Peter’s School, Sector 37, here today.

Sansar shines in ICICI win
Chandigarh, December 30
A fine performance by Sansar Bali (66 off 60 balls) enabled ICICI Bank to beat HFCL Connect in the 11th league match of the 8th Cry Cadence Corporate Cricket Challenge today.


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