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4 students caught guzzling beer in school bus
Chandigarh, September 26
The plan to ‘cheers’ their way back home turned sour as four students of KBDAV, Sector- 7, were caught drinking beer in a school bus by a schoolteacher. These Class X students had smuggled beer cans into the school. They had even consumed some beer during the school hours but were caught midway their ‘celebrations’ in the bus.

Celebrating World Tourism Day
City to shed its just-a-stopover image
Chandigarh, September 26
Le Corbusier’s masterpiece-Chandigarh-is finally shedding its image of just being a stopover for those on their way to Himachal Pradesh and is fast emerging as a tourist destination in its own right. In fact, 35 per cent of the tourists have exclusively come to visit the city in the recent past.

Peace Festival
200 ‘buddies’ to play host to foreign students
Chandigarh, September 26
A guest at home was never so exciting. At least 200 students have been busy throughout the week just to ensure that they play a perfect host to those coming from Pakistan, Nepal and neighboring states to celebrate the “Peace Festival” being organised in the city from September 28 to October 2.

City has an inhospitable face too
Chandigarh, September 26
Though, administration is all set to celebrate World Tourism Day tomorrow, tourists coming to the city continue to be harassed by rickshaw pullers, taxi drivers, beggars and at times the police as well.


Gang of robbers busted; 3 held
Chandigarh, September 26
With the arrest of three persons, the police today claimed to bust an inter-state gang of robbers involving in over 12 incidents. The police said they had looted a man on the knife point in Industrial Area, last month.

Special drive to check vehicle thefts
Chandigarh, September 26
To check vehicle thefts as well as other criminal activities, the local police with the CRPF erected special ‘nakas’ at various points under a special drive launched in the city tonight.

A correction
In the news item, "IT dept cracks whip on MLA's kin", published on Friday, it was erroneously stated that Arun Ummat, against whom the IT department has launched recovery proceedings, is reportedly the son-in-law of Congress MLA Brahm Mohindra.


Illegal constructions dot city, periphery
CHB sleeps after issuing notices
Chandigarh, September 26
Despite issuing notices to violators by the authorities concerned, haphazard construction leading to unsafe buildings continues to plague the southern parts of the city.

An additional room constructed by an allottee in Sector 45, Chandigarh.
Tribune photo: Manoj Mahajan

Villages marred by illegal construction
Chandigarh, September 26
Haphazard construction continues to plague the city despite it being considered as the one of the most planned city in the country.

IN RHYTHM: Students perform at the youth and heritage festival in MCM College on Friday. Tribune photo: Manoj Mahajan

A blood donation camp was organised by NSS students of College of Arts, Sector 10, Chandigarh, on Friday. Tribune photo: S.Chandan

Vote politics ruins city’s neighbour
Mohali, September 26
Vote politics coupled with policies to favour the alleged land mafia has ruined Punjab’s area on the periphery of Chandigarh.

Govt sitting over Mullanpur’s master plan
Mohali, September 26
It appears that the Punjab Government is taking too long to make public the draft master plan of Mullanpur’s local planning area, submitted by Jurong Ltd, the Singapore-based consultants of Greater Mohali Area Development Authority (GMADA).

UT police lathicharge students protesting against N-deal
Chandigarh, September 26
Members of the Punjab Students Union (PSU) faced water canons and lathis on the road dividing Sector 7 and 8 here this afternoon when they tried to cross the barricades in their bid to march toward the Punjab Raj Bhawan.

Reformist order of Juvenile Board on paper only
Chandigarh, September 26
The “reformist” order of the Juvenile Board directing a 16-year-old boy to perform two months of kar sewa at a gurdwara in connection with the murder and rape of a city-based woman has yet not been complied with.

Mumbai-based magazine devotes issue to city
Chandigarh, September 26
Chandigarh, an architectural wonder created by Le Corbusier, never ceases to inspire and awe the architectural community. This time the city has caught the fancy of renowned architectural journal "Indian Architect and Builder", a Mumbai-based magazine, which has devoted a major portion of its recent issue to topics concerning "contemporary Chandigarh".

e wild wild web
Crowdsourcing, a new feather in Web 2.0 cap
Crowdsourcing is not an advertising term; one where a sales agent goes out in a crowd and shouts out his agenda. "Crowdsourcing" is just another feather into the web 2.0 world of open communication, knowledge sharing and media news explosion. It seems to be having unparalleled options for a creative marketer for his services.

Pinjore Heritage fest from Oct 3
Chandigarh, September 26
The third Pinjore Heritage Festival will be held from October 3 to 5 at the Yadavindra Gardens, Pinjore, said Haryana minister of state for tourism Kiran Choudhry.

Corruption Charges
CAT orders to reinstate dismissed cops
Departmental proceedings may be initiated
Chandigarh, September 26
Quashed the orders of dismissal of a sub-inspector and a constable passed by the UT police, the Central Administrative Tribunal (CAT) directed the authorities to reinstate the two within two weeks. However, the CAT held that authorities concerned had the liberty of initiating departmental proceedings against the two after following due process.

Pedestrians’ Passage
Whose responsibility is it? MC, admn unsure
Chandigarh, September 26
Authorities of the Chandigarh administration and the municipal corporation are in a fix as to who actually is responsible for the upkeep of the passage used by the pedestrians adjoining the houses in Sector-19, Chandigarh.

The passage is being used illegally by cyclists in Sector-19 in Chandigarh. Tribune photo: Parvesh Chahuan

Scientific adviser calls for focused research
Chandigarh, September 26
Stressing upon the need for basic research to strengthen technologies needed for development of strategic systems, principal scientific adviser to the government of India, Dr Rajagopala Chidambaram, called for utilisation of scientific knowledge for uplifting living standards in rural areas.

CSIO inks pact with Rajasthan firm
Chandigarh, September 26
The Central Scientific Instruments Organisation (CSIO) here signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Rajasthan Electronic and Instruments Limited (REIL) for joint exploration of market potential of technologies developed by CSIO.

ASI-Exam Scam
Exam again on Sept 28
Chandigarh, September 26
Considering the application of police personnel Yashpal Singh and 18 others regarding assistant sub-inspector (ASI) paper-leak scam, the Central Administrative Tribunal (CAT) has directed the home department to hold an inquiry into the case, and identify those responsible for it.

Asthma on rise among traffic cops
Zirakpur, September 26
A large number of traffic policemen are falling sick due to the high-level of pollution in this township. With incidence of asthma on rise among these cops, they have now started wearing masks to protect themselves from smoke, dust and other pollutants.

Police to hire 100 ex-servicemen
Chandigarh, September 26
With the ministry of finance shooting down proposal of the Chandigarh administration to recruit 3,080 personnel to fill vacant posts at various levels, the police is now constrained to hire about a 100 ex-servicemen on an  ad hoc basis.

SBI adopts 50 girl students
Chandigarh, September 26
The State Bank of India’s chief general manager, Chandigarh Circle, Ajay Swaroop, today presented cheques to 50 girl students of Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 10-D and Government Model High School, Sector 12, under the "Adoption of Girl Child" scheme by State Bank of India, Medical Institute, Chandigarh, for their education during the function held at Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 10, here.

State Bank of India’s chief general manager, Chandigarh Circle, Ajay Swaroop, presents cheques to girl students in Chandigarh on Friday. Tribune Photo: Manoj Mahajan

MC okays amusement park for Sec 17
Chandigarh, September 26
The Finance and Contract Committee of the municipal corporation has approved various important agenda items, including designing, developing, running and operation of amusement park with games in Sector 17 on lease basis, putting up of temporary stalls for Eid-Ul-Fitr at seven various venues and development plan of Maloya village at a meeting yesterday. The meeting was held under the chairmanship of mayor Pardeep Chhabra.

Flood scare among villagers
Panchkula, September 26
The fear of flood has been haunting villagers after a major landslide blocked the Ghaggar’s path in Morni. Those living on the banks of Ghaggar are scared as nearly 15 houses in the same villages were washed away after a major landslide hit the area 20 years ago.

Intl flights from city by April
Mohali, September 26
We are expecting international flights to take off from Chandigarh International Airport by April 2009. This was stated by Sukhbir Singh Sandhu, principal secretary to the Punjab Chief Minister, and PIDB director, here today.


Four new faces make it to senate
Chandigarh, Sept 26
The final results for the remaining 10 seats of graduates’ constituency of Panjab University’s senate declared late this evening turned out to be a nail-biting experience for the candidates as till the last count, it was unpredictable.

Grooming session for CBSE principals
Panchkula, September 26
Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) organised an induction course for principals at Jainendra Public School, Sector 1, here today. About 80 principals from Haryana, Punjab and Himachal Pradesh attended the two-day course, which was started today.

Engg students sensitised on AIDS
Chandigarh, September 26
To make the college students aware about the social and economic aspects related to AIDS, Commonwealth Youth Program (CYP) in association with the NSS unit of Punjab Engineering College organised an AIDS awareness session at the college here today. The main focus of the session was to clarify doubts and myths associated with the issue, said Shveta dhawan, CYP ambassadors for positive living.

Personality development workshop at GC-46
Chandigarh, September 26
The Placement Cell of Government College, Sector-46, organised a two-day personality development workshop. It is aimed at giving greater exposure to those students who desire to enter the corporate world. During the first day, Ashutosh, business head of Career Launcher, spoke about the various career alternatives after graduation.

Seminar on law and technology
Chandigarh, September 26
University Institute of Legal Studies (UILS) and University Law Students’ Association, Panjab University, is organising a national level seminar on law and technology on September 27-28 in association with the Asia Pacific Jurist Association and Department of Technology, Chandigarh.


Tipsy cop beats up 2 Cong sarpanches
Fatehgarh Sahib, September 26
A tipsy cop thrashed two sarpanches of Badesh Kalan and Manela villages near Khamano late last night. Senior Congress leaders and workers of the district brought this to the notice of Congress general secretary Rahul Gandhi and demanded immediate dismissal of the cop.

Rs 1,760-cr project to check floods in Punjab
Patiala, September 26
Irrigation minister, Janmeja Singh Sekhon, said the Punjab government had sent a project report of a plan worth Rs 1,760 crore to the Union government’s 13th Finance Commission for approval. The plan pertains to checking flood waters of Sutlej, Ghaghar, Ravi and Beas in the state.

Residents protest against Sunny Enclave developers
Kharar, September 26
A large number of residents, mostly women, thronged outside the office of Bajwa Developers in Sunny Enclave, and raised protest against the developer for disconnecting electricity of their houses on Thursday.

Kalka-Shimla train service resumes
Kalka, September 26
The rail traffic on the Kalka-Shimla section, which remained suspended for seven days, resumed today. Official sources at the Kalka railway station revealed that the five trains on the Kalka-Shimla section were running as per schedule.

Man gets life term for killing wife
Ambala, September 26
District and Sessions Judge, Ambala, B. M. Bedi sentenced life imprisonment and a fine of Rs 5,000 to Rishipal, a resident of Naraingarh for murdering his wife, Ritu.

Students exposed to research in chemistry
Patiala, September 26
In order to bring awareness and exposure regarding the latest developments in chemistry, the science club of DAV Public School, Patiala, organised a chemistry quiz in the school. Students of the senior secondary classes participated in the quiz in which 3 teams titled as D block team, S block team and P block team were quizzed.


Cop gets 1-yr jail for demanding bribe
Chandigarh, September 26
CBI Special Court of Jagdeep Jain today sentenced sub-inspector Om Prakash Rana to imprisonment of one-year for demanding bribe. The court asked Rana to pay a fine of Rs 5,000. Another accused in the case, Davinder Kumar, was acquitted by the court.

Under-weight Goods
Firm told to pay Rs 25,000
Chandigarh, September 26
Holding Mrs Bectors Food Specialties Limited guilty of selling under-weight biscuit packets, the district consumer disputes redressal forum directed the company to pay compensation of Rs 25,000. Rs 5,000 is to be paid to the petitioner Harjinder Pal Singh, a resident of Sector 49, and the remaining amount shall be deposited with the state legal services authority.


Two killed in accidents
Dera Bassi, September 26
A youth lost his life, when the motorcycle, he was riding, was hit by a speeding truck from rear on Zirakpur-Kalka road on Thursday night. According to the police, Ravinder Kumar, a resident of Hisar, was working in a shop in Manimajra, Chandigarh. He was on his way back to Manimajra at the time of accident.

Youth arrested for vehicle thefts
Mohali, September 26
A high drama prevailed at the house of a former Punjab Police DSP, Ajmer Singh, in Sector 69 here, when a team of Himachal Police from Gangreta police station in Una district, suddenly landed at the house while looking for a youth allegedly involved in cases of vehicle theft.

Two arrested for Ram Darbar fracas
Chandigarh, September 26
The police arrested two persons involved in fracas that took place in Ram Darbar last night, leaving four persons injured. The police said Ashoki and Kishan, alias Kali, of Ram Darbar were arrested in the case while the other accused were still at large. The police has registered a case of assault and criminal intimidation against the accused. Interestingly, the police has not invoked any section for damaging the police vehicle.

3 snatching cases reported
Chandigarh/Mohali, September 25 Three incidents of snatching were reported from Chandigarh and Mohali yesterday. Motorcycle-borne youths snatched a mobile phone and Rs 1,000 in cash from a woman while she was walking by the roadside in Sector 37 here. In a similar incident, motorcycle-borne youths snatched Rs 3,000 in cash and some documents from a Sector-38 woman near the Sector-38 gurdwara. In both incidents, black colour motor cycles were used.

Gang rape
One more held
Panchkula, September 26
The local police arrested a youth, a resident of Sector 4, in the gang rape case here today. According to police sources, the youth, who is in his twenties, is a disc jockey and does part-time studies.


Indian Oil, MPCA emerge winners
Chandigarh, September 26
Maintaining their winning spree, Indian Oil posted an outright win over last years runners-up State Bank of Mysore by 155 runs who made an inglorious exit from the 15th All-India J.P.Atray Memorial Cricket Tournament played at DAV School, Sector-8, here today.

Players in action during a match held at DAV School, Sector-8, Chandigarh, on Friday. A Tribune photo

Shamini upsets Olympian Neha
Chandigarh, September 26
Beijing Olympian Neha Aggarwal of Bharat Petroleum Corporation Limited failed to impress as K Shamini of Indian Oil Corporation Limited defeated Neha in the women's singles quarter-final match of the All India Public Sector Table Tennis Tournament being organised by the Airport Authority of India at the Sector 23 Table Tennis Hall here today.

Meeting with ICC chief big leap for ICL: Kapil
Chandigarh, September 26
Cricketer of the Millennium and chairman of the rebel Indian Cricket League (ICL), Kapil Dev, termed ICL representatives’ forthcoming meeting with ICC president a big leap for the league.

Slum kids outplay Dell team
Chandigarh, September 26
The combination of poverty-ridden kids and technology-driven youngsters came alive today on the ground of Government Model High School, Sector-26, which hosted a cricket match between slum kids of Bapudham colony and employees of Dell, a Mohali-based BPO. The team of 45 girls from the slum, who had been practising cricket for the past four months, applauded as their captain Poonam made the employees of Dell run endlessly with her elegant shots. Ranging between the age group 10 and 15, they kept the opponents on their toes with the employees trying to enjoy the fun involved.

WHAT A MATCH: Slum kids of Bapudham colony and Dell employees play a match in Sector 26 school, Chandigarh, on Friday.

Venugopal No short cut to success, believes Venugopal
Chandigarh, September 26
Pinning hopes on hard efforts and luck, Yalaka Venugopal Rao is quite hopeful of donning national colours again. For the purpose, the all-rounder seems in no mood to miss any chance of playing in the domestic cricket.

School alumni do their bit for hockey
Chandigarh, September 26
At a time when hockey has taken the backstage and a majority of countrymen follow cricket, two alumni of Yadavindra Public School, Patiala, have stepped forward to take up the cause of the forsaken national game.

Praneet Singh Grewal (third from right), assistant advocate-general, Punjab, and an alumnus of Yadavindra Public School, Patiala, with members of the school hockey team in Patiala. A Tribune photograph

Chandigarh beat Badal team
Chandigarh, September 26
With the help of Babita’s lone field goal in the 69th minute of the game, GGS College for Women, Chandigarh got the better of Dasmesh Girls College, Badal, on the first day of the Panjab University Inter-College Zonal Hockey (women) tournament for the session 2008-09 being played on the PU ground.

EME drub PNB by 1-0
Chandigarh, September 26
In a well-contested encounter, EME got the better of PNB by 1-0 in the ongoing 38th S.N.Vohra’s Gurmit Memorial Hockey Tournament held at hockey stadium, Sector 42, here today.

Hockey Tourney
Easy win for DAV-8 and Shivalik-41
Chandigarh, September 26
DAV Senior Secondary School, Sector 8, outclassed Bal Bharti School of Delhi by 10-1 in the under-19 match of the Central Board of Secondary Education North Zone-I Hockey Tournament being organised by Shivalik Public School, Sector 41 here today.

Golf Meet
150 in fray for Chandigarh golf
Chandigarh, September 26
More than 150 members of the Chandigarh Golf Club will battle it out on the par 72 greens here on Saturday to make it to the six-member club team that will take part in the northern leg of the McDowell's Signature Club Golf Championship at the Classic Golf resort in Gurgaon on October 20.

Jeev fires hole-in-one in British Masters
Chandigarh, September 27
Jeev Milkha Singh fired a hole-in-one on the par-3 seventh hole to move up to the tied second spot in the incomplete second round of the British Masters on the par 72 Belfry greens at the Midlands, in England today.

Trials for cricket championship today
Chandigarh, September 26
Twenty20 Cricket Association of Punjab will hold selection trials tomorrow at DAV College Cricket Ground, Sector-10, at 2 pm for the upcoming Sr. National Twenty20 Cricket Championship to be held at Chandigarh from September 30 to October 7 this year.

Ganga International win 8-0
Chandigarh, September 25
Ganga International School routed Guru Gobind School, Sector 35, by 8-0 in the opening under-19 match of the CBSE North Zone I Hockey Tournament for under -14 and under-19 at the Shivalik Public School ground in Sector 41 here yesterday.

TT tourney from Oct 1
Chandigarh, September 26
The 3rd Punjab State Table Tennis Ranking Tournament will be organised by the Fatehgarh Sahib Table Tennis Association from October 1 to 3 at Sirhind. Matches will be played in sub-junior, junior, youth boys and girls’, and men and women’s sections.


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