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Former SE gets 3-yr RI for graft
Chandigarh, October 13
The CBI special court of Jagdeep Jain today sentenced former superintending engineer K.B. Goel to rigorous imprisonment of three years on charges of graft. Former home secretary N.K. Jain was acquitted in the case.

Terror Threat
Diwali mela in schools called off

Chandigarh, October 13
It’s a double whammy for Diwali festivities. As if global recession wasn’t enough to dampen the Diwali spirit, the threat of terrorist strike has forced the administration to shelve the popular Diwali melas in schools.

2 CITCO staffers suspended
Chandigarh, October 13
Two senior Chandigarh Industrial & Tourism Development Corporation (CITCO) employees were put under suspension today after the degrees they possessed were found to be fake.

A man pedals down to his home after a day’s hard work in Chandigarh.
SHADOW PLAY: A man pedals down to his home after a day’s hard work in Chandigarh. Tribune photo: Vinay Malik


Fans await big moment
Sachin is just 15 runs away from Lara’s record of 11,953 runs
Chandigarh, October 13
Local fans of Master Blaster Sachin Tendulkar are virtually in soaring spirits with the hope that their cricketing icon will break record to be world’s number one Test run getter in their city. The “Little Genius” is just 15 runs away to cross Brian Lara’s record of 11953 runs.

RTI Queries
MC has swank computers, but no email system

Chandigarh, October 13
Even as the offices of the top MC officials are equipped with swank computers bought from public money, it appears that the paraphernalia is of little use to the masses as such.

Empowered, people keep babus on toes
Chandigarh, October 13
Three years after its implementation, the RTI Act has largely been successful in empowering the general public in extracting vital information from the Chandigarh Administration and keeping the babus on their toes. Even though the implementation of the Act needs much to desired in the backdrop of vested interests trying to sabotage it, yet it has gone a long way in ensuring accountability in public life.

No more for public purpose
Chandigarh, October 13
The Right to Information Act just becomes another means for the citizens to know the status of their pending cases with the Chandigarh Municipal Corporation rather than the queries which affects the residents of the city. Interestingly, if one goes through the RTI application received by the corporation, most of it were related to the information of the individual property or regarding the property owned by third person in the city.


IAF houses in state of disrepair as UT holds up clearance
Chandigarh, October 13
The state of affairs outside the newly constructed houses for IAF personnel which remain unoccupied as the UT administration is yet to issue occupation certificates A large number of newly-constructed houses for Air Force personnel at Chandigarh continue to lie vacant several months after completion. While the UT administration has held up issuing of occupation certificates on account of certain violations of the local building bye-laws, Air Force authorities claim that the houses were constructed in accordance with rules stipulated in the all-India manual governing construction of military assets.

The state of affairs outside the newly constructed houses for IAF personnel which remain unoccupied as the UT administration is yet to issue occupation certificates. Tribune photo: Himanshu Mahajan

Non-functional garbage unit
No MC action yet

Chandigarh, October 13
It seems that the MC authorities are least bothered to ensure the complete functioning of the garbage-processing unit at Dadumajra as even after the expiry of the one-month show-cause notice to the company, only 40 per cent of the plant is working.

Admn to seek balance sheets from pvt schools
Chandigarh, October 13
Following the move to scrutinise and regulate the fee structure of government-aided schools, the UT administration, is all set to tighten the noose on private schools.

Punwire owes Rs 19 cr to PF office
RMI Cycles, 2 Mohali firms also on defaulters list
Chandigarh, October 13
Punwire, the acronym for once SAS Nagar-based Punjab Wireless Systems Ltd, is in news again. The defunct telecom firm that had once an annual turnover of over Rs 300 crore is liable to pay Rs 19 crore to the office of the Regional Provident Fund Commissioner here against the Employees Provident Fund (EPF).

Recruitment of 121 ayurvedic officers
Sikh body seeks CBI probe
Mohali, October 13
The Sehajdhari Sikh Federation has demanded a CBI probe into the recruitment of 121 ayurvedic medical officers on contractual basis alleging that these appointments have been made in an arbitrary manner.

Course on quality assessment of drugs gets under way
Mohali, October 13
A two-week intensive course on “Advanced analytical techniques: Basic principles and application for quality assessment of drugs and pharmaceuticals for export” organised by the National Institute of Pharmaceutical Education and Research (NIPER) started here today.

Apni Mandi
Customers being fleeced: Welfare body

Mohali, October 13
Consumers are being fleeced at apni mandis as they have to buy vegetables at double the rates specified by the Punjab Mandi Board, even as officials present there look the other way.

Traders seek permission to put up stalls
Panchkula, October 13
The Panchkula Beopar Mandal has urged the district administration to allow them to put up stalls at various markets of the town during the festival season. Festivals like Karva Chauth, Dhan Teras and Diwali will fall within the next two weeks.

Rajasansi Airport officials under scanner
Chandigarh, October 13
Investigations into the sensational passport scam have revealed that the actual number of passports stolen from the Regional Passport Office (RPO) in Sector 34 can exceed the present known number of 48. Interestingly, the investigations are also indicating the involvement of certain officials of the Rajasansi airport in the scam.

Dogar elected
Chandigarh, October 13
R.P. Dogar elected the president of the Ambedkar Awas Yojna Welfare Society, Mauli Jagran, yesterday.

Music appreciation workshop ends
Chandigarh, October 13
The five-day ‘Music appreciation workshop’ organised by the Indian National Theatre (INT), concluded with an impressive classical vocal recital by the Delhi based maestro, Manjit Singh, at the Bhartiya Vidya Bhavan hall here today.

No freebies this festive season
Chandigarh, October 13
The global financial meltdown is casting its shadow on India Inc., which has failed to see any significant growth during the on-going festival season.

Shamsheeda’s kin to move court for her release
Panchkula, October 13
Shamsheeda Begum’s husband and son, who arrived here today, said they would file a petition in the local court for her release.

Seminar on rural poverty
Chandigarh, October 13
To discuss the issues related to the panchayati raj and rural poverty, the Institute of Social Sciences (ISS), New Delhi, is organising a national conference on “NREGA and Panchayats” tomorrow at the Constitution Club in New Delhi.

Sec 29 resident dies after fall
Chandigarh, October 13
Dalip Singh (28) died after suffering a fall from the first floor of his Sector 29 house in the wee hours today. The police has ruled out foul play behind the death, terming it an accident.

Rodrigues greets people on Valmiki Jayanti
Chandigarh, October 13
Punjab Governor and UT administrator S.F. Rodrigues today extended his greetings to people on the occasion of Maharishi Valmiki Jayanti and advocated the need for concerted efforts for socio-economic empowerment of the disadvantaged sections of society.


Not scary for PU authorities
Chandigarh, October 13
The RTI Act does not seem to ring any bells as far as Panjab University is concerned. Blame the lack of awareness or the fear of revelation of identity, but the students of the university have not shown much interest in seeking information through this provision under the Act.

MBA forms available from Oct 15
Chandigarh, October 13
Application forms for MBA and “handbook of information 2009” would be available at the State Bank of India extension counter, Panjab University, on payment of Rs 1,000 (Rs 500 for SC/ST candidates) from October 15 to November 15. The forms can also be obtained by post from October 15 to October 31 from the manager, publication bureau, PU. The application form can also be downloaded from the website http://ubs.puchd.ac.in. Completed forms must reach the chairman, University Business School, PU, latest by 5 pm on November 15.

PTA funds stopped in schools
Chandigarh, October 13
A scam that has been going on for several years involving the misappropriation of Parent-Teacher Association (PTA) funds worth lakhs met its logical end. Courtesy: the powers of Right to Information Act (RTI).

Verma gets addl charge of public relations
Chandigarh, October 13
The Chandigarh administration has assigned additional charge of director public relations and cultural affairs to R.S. Verma, additional director (administration), Government Medical College and Hospital, Sector 32.


Gunman’s carbine goes off at Ambala courts
Ambala, October 13
The carbine of gunman of judicial magistrate Vijay James went off accidentally, causing panic in the courts complex here today.

Boycott of civil judge’s court continues
Ambala, October 13
The Bar Association continued its boycott of the court of civil judge at Ambala City for the sixth day today. None of the members of the Bar appeared in the court of A.S. Nayyar. Lawyers have been protesting against the behaviour of the judge and demanding his transfer.

Punjab in for another white revolution
New techniques adopted to improve milk yield
Patiala, October 13
Another white revolution in Punjab seems to be in the offing. The state government, under a novel policy is unveiling plans to ensure proper lineage of livestock to ensure a better supply of quality milk.

Official visits dengue-hit areas
Patiala, October 13
“In an attempt to fight the menace of dengue fever, the government has provided kits to all government hospitals and dispensaries in the district,” said managing director, Punjab Health Systems Corporation, M.S. Sandhu, during his visit  here today.

Principal secys oversee paddy lifting
Ropar, October 13
Principal secretary to chief minister D.S. Guru and principal secretary, health and family welfare department, Vijay Kain visited grain markets of Morinda and Ropar, respectively, today.


RTI staff missing in District Courts
Chandigarh, October 13
The RTI Act has failed to take off in the District Courts complex, Sector 17, with various functionaries just passing the buck. The superintendent of the courts has been given the additional charge of dealing with the various applications under the RTI Act.


Purse containing valuables stolen
Panchkula, October 13
A local resident lost valuables and cash after thieves took away a purse lying in his car after breaking the windowpane here today.

Scooter stolen, case registered
Chandigarh, October 13  In a case, Vikas, a resident of Sector 41, filed a complaint with the police alleging that his Bajaj Chetak scooter (CH-01-Y-9287) was stolen from Sector 22 on October 12. A case under Section 379 of the IPC has been registered at the police station of Sector 17.


New Public School eves win trophy the easy way
Chandigarh, October 13
Girls of New Public School, Chandigarh, who won the CBSE Cluster XIII Inter-School Basketball Championship in Chandigarh Hosts New Public School, Sector 18, won the girls’ trophy without any sweating as their rivals and defending champions IS Dev Samaj School, Sector 21, failed to show up in the final of the 11th CBSE Cluster XIII Inter-School Basketball Championship for boys and girls held at the NPS courts here today.

Girls of New Public School, Chandigarh, who won the CBSE Cluster XIII Inter-School Basketball Championship in Chandigarh on Monday. A Tribune photograph

Simi all set to record hat-trick 
Chandigarh, October 13
Fresh from her 27-stroke triumph in the Women's Professional Golf Tour at Panchkula, India's fifth-ranked pro on the Asian Ladies Golf Tour Order of Merit, Simi Mehra, is all set to complete a hat-trick of victories in the fourth leg of the tour starting at the Chandigarh Golf Club on Tuesday.

16 schools to participate
Chandigarh, October 13
As many as 16 schools of the region have confirmed their participation in the second Ess Vee Soccer Cup being organised by Ess Vee Group at the Sector 17 Football Stadium here from October 17 to 19.

Administrator’s challenge hockey tourney from Oct 16
Chandigarh, October 13
Having successfully conducting a number of tournaments, including recently concluded Administrator's Cup All-India Football Tournament, the Chandigarh sports department today announced to organise the inaugural Cup Hockey Tournament for boys under-17 at Sector 42 Hockey Stadium here from October 16 to 22.

Rana Sodhi is vice-president of Indian Olympic Association
Chandigarh, October 13
Rana Gurmit Singh Sodhi (MLA), president of the Chandigarh Olympic Association, and chief whip of the Congress Legislative Party, Punjab, has been elected as vice-president and Suresh Kalmadi (MP) is re-elected as president of the Indian Olympic Association during recently held elections of the apex body at Pune.

Saurabh XI notch up 44-run win
Patiala, October 13
Saurabh XI notched up a 44 run win against Abhijit XI, Ambala, in a league match of the Billu Memorial Cricket Tournament organised by Black Elephant Cricket Club on the Army school grounds here today.



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