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City’s New Year bash
It was merriment all the way
Chandigarh, December 31
Bubbles of merriment busting at the brim of sparkling cut-glass saturated with golden elixir in bars and pubs; Russian dancers revealing more than just their dancing talent; FTV models sashaying down the ramps of celebrations; and all roads leading to revelry - it was grooving session in full swing in and around Chandigarh on the New Year’s eve.

Gurdas Mann performs at Chandigarh Club on the New Year Eve. — Tribune photo by Vinay Malik

UT invites applications for house allotment
Chandigarh, December 31
The House Allotment Committee of the Chandigarh administration has invited applications for allotment of government accommodation to employees of the Chandigarh administration, Punjab government, Haryana government and Punjab and Haryana High Court.

CBSE’s gift for special children
Chandigarh, December 31
The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE), for the first time, has come out with special incentives specifically for ‘special’ children who want to appear for the Secondary School or Senior School Certificate Examination for 2008.

No CTU bus for Mohali from today
Chandigarh, December 31
Come New Year and no Chandigarh Transport Undertaking (CTU) bus will ply on the roads of Mohali as well as many peripheral towns of Punjab, including Khizrabad, Rajpura, Ropar, Khamano, Chunni, Rangeelpur and Bindrakh.



Mayoral poll today
Chandigarh, December 31
The elections for the post of mayor, senior deputy mayor and deputy mayor will be held tomorrow during a meeting of the municipal corporation on its premises at 11 am.

Colours of Hope-2008

A display of colourful lights on the New Year eve at Sukhna Lake in Chandigarh on Monday.
A display of colourful lights on the New Year eve at Sukhna Lake in Chandigarh on Monday. — Tribune photo by Manoj Mahajan

Fauji Beat
Cariappa was father of the Army
A recent book, “Field Marshal K.M. Cariappa”, on the late Field Marshal by his son, Air Marshal K.C. Cariappa (retd), reminds one of the era when the Indian Army began to take roots. Having served in 4 Guards (1 Rajput) in the 1950s, in which the Field Marshal had been commissioned when it was 1 Rajput, this writer was lucky enough to know all the virtues of the Field Marshal; the like of whom the Army has not produced so far.

Countdown for LS poll on
Chandigarh, December 31
The countdown for the 2009 Lok Sabha elections have begun in the city. In fact, the defection of two BSP councillors of the municipal corporation of Chandigarh (MCC) to the Congress will have far-reaching effects on the local political scene in the run-up to the Lok Sabha elections.

Woman councillor tries to slap colleague
Mohali, December 31
In an unseemly incident, a woman municipal councillor allegedly tried to slap and manhandle a male councillor just as those attending the general body meeting of the civic body were getting up to disperse here today.

Rodrigues forsees dynamic Chandigarh in 2008
Chandigarh, December 31
Extending New Year wishes, UT administrator Gen S.F. Rodrigues (retd) said his final goal was to make Chandigarh a dynamic and vibrant symbol of resurgent India.

Estate officer asked to explain non-compliance with directions
Panchkula, December 31
The Haryana Urban Development Authority (HUDA), Panchkula, not only failed to remove the alleged encroachments on national highway number 22 on Zirakpur-Panchkula road as directed by the Punjab and Haryana High Court in March 2005, but the officials from the authority did not even bother to appear on the date fixed by the Haryana lokayukta to hear the complaint in this regard on December 4.

Prof R.C. Sobti, vice-chancellor, Panjab University, releases a book ‘An Alphabetical Compilation of Idioms’ at a hotel in Panchkula on Sunday. Book on idioms, phrases released
Panchkula, December 31
“An astute wisdom and lifelong experience is required to frame or coin an idiom or a phrase with a wealth of meaning,” observed Prof. R.C. Sobti, vice-chancellor, Punjab University while releasing a book "An Alphabetical Compilation of Idioms (A learning treatise of expressions and phrases) at hotel Pallavi here yesterday.

Prof R.C. Sobti, vice-chancellor, Panjab University, releases a book ‘An Alphabetical Compilation of Idioms’ at a hotel in Panchkula on Sunday. — A Tribune photograph

Deadline for jewellery hallmarking ends
No guidelines given to jewellers
Chandigarh, December 31
As the dead line for making jewelry hallmarking mandatory ends today, the jewelers in the tri-city still have not got any guidelines whether the hallmarking would be made mandatory or not.

Officer objects to GCM jurisdiction
Chandigarh, December 31
A junior commissioned officer (JCO) of the Army, being tried by a general court martial at Ferozepur for allegedly accepting money for ensuring the enrolment of a person, has objected to the jurisdiction of the GCM to try him.

Stop passing the buck on encroachments: Bansal
Chandigarh, December 31
Stressing on the need to recognise the cause of encroachments at various places in the city, Congress MP from Chandigarh Pawan Bansal said time had come when they should stop playing a blame-game for growing encroachments and initiate steps to terminate their growth.

As holidays are on, children enjoy rides on their bicycles near the Open Hand on the last day of the year.
As holidays are on, children enjoy rides on their bicycles near the Open Hand on the last day of the year. — Tribune photo by Vinay Malik

Year Ahead
Traffic, transportation areas of concern
Chandigarh, December 31
Although upcoming projects look to enhance the city’s reputation as a ‘happening place’ in 2008, the Chandigarh administration will have to tackle the problem of burgeoning traffic, find a suitable transportation system and involve expert planners and educated local citizens in giving suggestions for the future.

Death Trap
Low power poles pose danger
Panchkula, December 31
The electricity department officials forgot to increase the height of electricity wires, leaving the residents of a row of houses in Sector 21 exposed to the risk of electrocution.

Fake Judge Case
Role of intelligence under scanner
Chandigarh, December 31
Even as Chandigarh police took the credit of solving eight more cases of theft within two weeks of the arrest of impostor Inderjit Singh of Lalru, the entire episode has brought to the fore the failure of the intelligence wing to keep a tab on the movements of the suspicious elements after their release on bail.

Panchkula to be lit with solar lights
Panchkula, December 31
The town will earn the distinction of being the first city in the country to be lit with solar lights within the next couple of months as the district administration has decided to replace all 19,000 streetlight points with solar lights. It will help in saving Rs 52 lakh, claimed Rajinder Kataria, deputy commissioner, Panchkula.

Awareness week begins at CFSL
Chandigarh, December 31
With the aim to spread awareness about forensic sciences in students and general public, the Central Forensic Science Laboratory (CFSL), Chandigarh, is celebrating Forensic Science Awareness Week from today at CFSL Complex, Sector 36, here.

Vendors allege extortion by councillor
Panchkula, December 31
Vegetable vendors of Sector 19 staged a demonstration in front of deputy commissioner’s office demanding action against a nominated municipal councillor from their ward.

Fake notes in circulation, says city resident
Chandigarh, December 31
It came as a shock for city resident D.S. Kohli when he was handed over a fake currency note of Rs 50 by a roadside vendor. The note looks so much like the original that it is difficult to find out flaws in it.

CTU to add 400 buses
Chandigarh, December 31
The Chandigarh administration has decided to operate 400 Inter -state buses more, in addition to existing 250 buses, from ISBT 43 from January 15.

Adviser releases newsletter
Chandigarh, December 31
The Adviser to UT Administrator, Pradip Mehra, released the first issue of the quarterly newsletter of Municipal Corporation (MC) titled ‘Glimpses’ here today.

Outdated buses
Chandigarh administration is planning to make Chandigarh an IT city. So many IT companies have already established their base. It is good to see so much of development happening around but we need to do it everywhere.


3 women injured as car rams into rickshaw
Chandigarh, December 31
Three women travelling in a rickshaw suffered injuries after a Honda City (CH-03-H-6999) rammed into their rickshaw near the Sectors 15 and 16 traffic lights point on Sunday night. The injured were admitted to Government Multi Speciality Hospital, Sector 16. The police arrested the car driver, Karandeep Singh of Sector 40-A, on the charges of causing injuries due to rash and negligent driving.


ATM in new OPD block of PGI
Chandigarh, December 31
Pawan Kumar Bansal, union minister of state for finance, today inaugurated the ATM of the Oriental Bank of Commerce at the New OPD Block of the PGI here today.


2008: Education to go hi-tech
Mohali, December 31
The Greater Mohali area is known more for plethora of private engineering and IT colleges than any substantial achievements by government-run institutes of higher education. Some of the private engineering colleges, which have come up on the Kharar-Landran road and Babur-Rajpura belt, are now vying for top positions in the state.

NCTE to start new course
Chandigarh, December 31
To ensure quality education at primary and secondary level, NCTE (National Council of Teachers Education) has launched a four-year B.El.Ed (Bachelor of Elementary Teacher Education). The newly created course has been formulated keeping in view the deficiencies that existed in teacher education courses.

Science-O-Mathematica Olympiad held
Chandigarh, December 31
Dr Khera’s Chandigarh Coaching Centre today organised the Science-O-Mathematica Olympiad for the students taking their class ten exams. Around 500 students from more than twenty schools in the tri-city took part in the test organised at Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 35. 

PU releases list of holidays
Chandigarh, December 31
The Panjab University has released the list of holidays for the calendar year 2008 to be observed by the administrative offices, university’s teaching and non-teaching departments and colleges affiliated to the university. 

PU to celebrate New Year
Chandigarh, December 31
Continuing with its tradition of celebrating New Year, the executive body of the Panjab University’s Non-Teaching Employees’ Federation is all set to welcome 2008. All the non-teaching employees would converge in front of the administrative block of the university to welcome the New Year and greet each other.

From Colleges
Freshers given warm welcome
Students of Sri Krishna Institute of IT and Management during a freshers’ party in Mohali on Saturday. Mohali, December 31
Students of Sri Krishna Institute of IT and Management, Phase X, organised a freshers’ party to welcome the new students. Students danced to the tunes of latest songs and participated in a song and dance contest. Dev and Neha Gogna were adjudged Mr and Miss Freshers respectively. Prizes were also given to the best dressed male and female.

Students of Sri Krishna Institute of IT and Management during a freshers’ party in Mohali on Saturday. A Tribune photograph


Bank employee held for aiding thefts
Lalru, December 31
Jaswant Singh alias Raju, a bank employee, and Manjit Singh, a resident of Lalru, were arrested today for helping thieves burgle houses in the area.


Blood Safety
HIV positivity in screened units decreases in city
Chandigarh, December 31
The quality of blood donors in the city is improving. The blood safety scenario in Chandigarh has become better as number of donors, who were HIV positive, has decreased over the past year at four blood banks in the city.

Early detection can prevent cancer deaths among women: Expert
Chandigarh, December 31
Lack of awareness about cancer among women was major reason for lakhs of deaths annually in India.


Replacement of streetlight poles: SDO suspended
Chandigarh, December 31
Municipal Commissioner R.K. Rao today ordered the suspension of a subdivision officer, repatriation of a junior engineer (JE) and called for an explanation of an executive engineer in the alleged irregularities in the installation of streetlight poles.

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